Surf lifesaver returns favour

Alex Baker with his longboard that snapped in half.
Alex Baker with his longboard that snapped in half.

That’s why the 15-year-old Mullaloo Surf Life Saving Club member nominated for the Ultimate Volunteer Reward, a volunteer search being run by the Department of Sport and Recreation with the help of the Times.

He and all other nominees are in the running for one of 10 behind-the-scenes looks at some of our major sporting events, including the Margaret River event.

The Woodvale Secondary College Year 11 student, who hopes to do engineering at the end of his schooling, has been volunteering and competing at Mullaloo for several years.

His days patrolling the beach have included helping administer first aid ‘for things such as broken bones, dislocated joints, stings, spinal injuries snake bite and cuts’.

Voluntary work, he said, was ‘really good’. ‘It’s fun going to the beach with your mates and looking after people in trouble.’

Needing medical attention is something Alex knows first hand, having fractured his skull in a skateboard accident on Bridgewater Drive, Kallaroo, a couple of years ago.

And in the lead-up to this season, he was paddling out when he rolled upside down under a wave.

‘The wave broke on the middle of the board and snapped it,’ he said.