Bondi Rescue’s Head Lifeguard Bruce “Hoppo” Hopkins recently marked 25 years as a surf lifesaver.
In Sunday’s episode he is honoured by Waverley Council for the thousands of rescues and most number resuscitations of any lifeguard working across Sydney’s Bronte, Tamarama and Bondi beaches.
“I have had the honour of working as a lifeguard at some of the most iconic beaches in Australia for the past 25 years. During this time, I have spent 17 years as Head Lifeguard of Waverley Council and 12 years on TEN’s Bondi Rescue,” he said.
“I am passionate about keeping people safe on the beach and in the water, and I have had the privilege of working alongside some of the most skilled men and women in the business.”
In 2006, Hoppo’s achievements were recognised when he was awarded the Australian Lifeguard Of The Year award from the Australian Professional Ocean Lifeguard Association. As well as being a strong leader, Hoppo is also a passionate advocate for water safety education and a respected water sportsman and competitor, winning two gold medals at the Australian Surf Life Saving titles.
This season on Bondi Rescue, Hoppo welcomes four new lifeguards to his team: PE teacher Juliana, 28; university student Joel, 22; carpenter Tommy, 21; and club caretaker Wally, 24.