The ASRL would like to say THANK YOU to Don 'Bristles' Alexander, who has chosen not to renominate for the position of ASRL Treasurer.
Thank you for all that you’ve contributed to within the ASRL / Life Saving and surf rowing. It will certainly not be forgotten.
Wording below from Bert Hunt
Bristles is one of those very special people we get to meet only a few times in our lives. He is dedicated, inciteful, cranky, stubborn and loyal, all in the correct proportions. If you ask Bristles to take on a task you can be sure he will attack it with his full attention and to the very best of his ability. He is resourceful and thorough in his approach to the job at hand and never afraid to give others a shove along if he thinks that is what is needed.
A brief outline of Dons involvement with both the ASRL and SLS in general:
Has been an ASRL member since the late 90’s
He joined the ASRL committee on the 10 July 2010 as a Vice President
In 2010 he agreed to switch roles on the ASRL Committee to that of Treasurer
In 2011 Don also took on the responsibilities of ASRL Registrar which entails managing a database of a few thousand memberships
As a committee member on the ASRL Don has been a strong advocate for making changes to SLS policies that benefit the rowers
Don is a key member of the ASRL committee and has played an important role in the introduction of technology to our sport e.g. Line Finish Cameras and Live Streaming of events
Don was a Foundation member of the South Port SA Surf Club in 1959
In 1975 Don was awarded Life Membership of the South Port Surf Club
As a Boat Sweep Don’s crews have won SA State Championships and represented SLSSA in Interstate Championships
Don served for over 20 years as Treasurer of the ASRLSA
Also serving a 20-year stint as South Port surf club treasurer
Don was inducted into the ASRLSA Hall of Fame in 2010
Don was the inaugural President and served as President of the SLSSA Board of Surf Sports between 1994 and 2010
Just to round out his service to Surfboats Don was the SA Boat Referee for 4 years and also refereed the National Surfboat Selection Trials at Elouera
You can view/add tributes to Don via our Facebook page HERE