Hannah Keane says it’s crazy to be heralded as the Pride of Australia just by doing her job.
Officials deemed Hannah and fellow Lorne surf lifesaver Amy Kenny as Pride of Australia medallists for the teens’ brave surf rescue in January this year.
Hannah and Amy were at Lorne Surf Life Saving clubrooms on January 21 when a Melbourne man was swept about 60 metres off Lorne’s beach and started to drown.
The pair, both 16, dragged the man in his 30s to shore, saving his life.
Hannah accepted the medals at a ceremony in Melbourne on Thursday which she attended with her parents, grandmother and Amy’s mother and grandmother.
“Unfortunately Amy couldn’t be there because she’s in India doing some community service work with her school, but I just accepted both of the awards; there was a few different categories, we were last, so I was sitting there a bit nervous,” she said.
Hannah, the youngest medallist at Thursday’s ceremony, said it was inspiring to hear the stories of other recipients.
She said she hadn’t fully registered the recognition for her bravery yet because she was only doing her job.
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