Don (Bristles)




Don Alexander, known to most as Bristles, is the backbone of our Surf Club. He is a founding member and been heavily involved in all aspects of the club since 1958. He volunteers countless hours as the Treasurer of the club, but it doesn’t stop there. He officials, helps with surf boats, the gym, memberships, events, and so much more. Without him the recent upgrade to the surf club kitchen would not have been possible. His time and effort cannot be over stated in the whole build; quite simply it would not be complete without his time and dedication to the project. Bristles is without a doubt well deserving of this award!




  • Aaron Tannahill says,

    "Don 'Bristles' Alexander is the backbone of many volunteer organisations including the South Port SLSC, Australian Surf Rowers League and Australian Surf Rowers League (SA). Bristles is a decided member of our community who utalises his skills to the benefit of those around him."

  • Graham says,

    "The hours and commitment bristles puts in and has done for so many years is incredible ....."

  • Angus Boot says,

    "Great support to the club and community in getting people involved!"

  • Brad says,

    "Has devoted years to the running and development of almost every area of the club. Absolute legend of the South Port Surf Club and Surf Life Saving Australia."

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  • Deb Odell says,

    "Go Bristles!"

  • J M Culka says,

    "Our organisation doesn't run without volunteers. And those volunteers need leaders and as always a very few rise above to work and lead tirelessly year after year. Don is one of those few!"

  • Frank Veltman says,

    "I have known Don for many and have been involved with him organising the ASRL Open since 2010. Don dedication to his club,state and national involvement cannot be underestimated. He is well deserving of being rewarded for his contribution"

  • Bizz says,

    "Don is always there to help others and a fantastic embassador for Surf Life Saving"

  • Gavin says,

    "Great man, does so much for the club"

  • Lisa says,

    "Bristles is a stalwart of South Port SLSC. He is in every way deserving of this award!"

  • Pip says,

    "Hats off to any club treasurer and that combined with everything else you do -legend!"

  • Goldie says,

    "Bris is the heart and soul behind SA ASRL and has been for countless years. He's always been a quiet achiever never drawing attention oldie all that he does. I can't think of a more worthy nominee."

  • Grant Wilkinson says,

    "A great man and legend in every context. Deserves all the accolades and awards in the world."

  • Allan Aitchison says,

    "Don's calming attitude and willingness to help everyone is infectious. We all thank you."

  • Kevin Spooner says,

    "Don is a man who has given selfless commitment to Life Saving at Club level right to the National stage. A tireless volunteer who has given so much to so many people. Extremely well respected by his peers."

  • Kevin Marks says,

    "Don ( Bristles ) Alexander, is an integral part of Lifesaving here in SA and interstate. His contribution to his own club and all SA clubs is unsurpassed especially in the surf boat arena. He holds down the position of Treasurer to the ASRL-SA and treasurer to the national body, his wealth of knowledge is invaluable to all. He also our go to man on the beach at surf carnivals and is most safety conscious of all rowers. Don deserves this recognition in every way."

  • Russell Lamb says,

    "Bristles not only helps his own club, but surf boat rowers all around the country"

  • Daniel Edge says,

    "Great bloke, excellent dedicated coach."

  • Sarah says,

    "Thanks for your clear vision, organisation, leadership and support of others."

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