AU: Surfer nominated for bravery award after shark attack in South Africa

Media Statement

Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

21. July 2015


Premier nominates Julian Wilson for bravery award

Sunshine Coast Surfer Julian Wilson has been nominated for a bravery award following his actions in assisting Mick Fanning in South Africa during a shark attack.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today confirmed she had written to Government House nominating the 26-year-old in recognition for his actions in swimming towards Fanning as a shark attacked the Gold Coast surfer.

“What we saw in South Africa was mateship at its best,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Like anyone who has watched the vision, I couldn’t help but think what a terrifying situation it must have been.

“I’ve written to Government House nominating Julian Wilson for a bravery award.

“He put his own safety aside and disregarded the obvious risk to his life so he could help a mate.

“Anyone who paddles towards a shark attack instead of away from it is pretty brave in my books.

“I don’t know too many people who would have done that.”

Source: Queensland Government

News release with more details on the related shark incident :

19. July 2015 Caution urged in Jeffreys Bay following shark encounter



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