Media release - 20 October 2017

20 October 2017

Two men who attempted to save a surfer during a shark attack at Ballina in 2015 were today recognised for their bravery by the Royal Humane Society of NSW.

Dr Hugh Giles and Mathew Meadows were among 43 people to be honoured by the Society’s Patron, the Governor of NSW, His Excellency, General The Honourable David Hurley, AC DSC (Ret’d) at Government House.

The awards recognise people who put their lives at risk to save someone in immediate danger.

Other recipients included:

Full details of all recipients are available on the Royal Humane Society of NSW’s website at


Contact details-Royal Humane Society of NSW:

Roland Millbank                                   
Hon. Secretary
Mobile: 0412 147 624


Mr. John Hoban, Publicity Officer
Mobile: 0412 742 124