The ILS and Surf Life Saving Australia was saddened by the news of the passing of well known surf lifesaver and surf sports commentator, Harry Windmill.
A larger than life character, Harry had been a fixture at surf lifesaving championships events around Australia for many years and was present at the last six ILS Rescue Series as a Commentator.
Harry was extremely passionate about surf lifesaving and remained actively involved in the organisation right up to the end. He was an Ambassador for Rescue 2006, and his sudden passing will sadden many overseas visitors to the event.
Harry was a tremendous character who was much loved by competitors, officials and spectators from around the world.
It is particularly sad that he did not live to see Rescue 2006 ” the World Lifesaving Championships ” come to his home town of Geelong next month, as this would no doubt have been a highlight for him. Harry was an inaugural member of the Port Lonsdale SLSC, gaining his Bronze Medallion in February 1949. Since then, he has made a remarkable contribution at club, state, national and international level.
Harry was about to celebrate 60 years of service to surf lifesaving and had announced that he would retire from commentating and announcing at events following Rescue 2006, having attended every World Championship since their inception.