For almost two decades, Steven Short was one of the premier competition surf lifesavers at the Maroochydore club.
He first came to notice in 1990 as a member of the club’s cadet surf teams that won the State title and placed second at the Australian Championships.
His achievements after that initial success included winning the world run-swim-run championship in 1994, the world surf race title in 2002 and he was named as the most outstanding male lifesaver at the 2001 World Games.
Steven also captained the Australian surf lifesaving team in 2003 and 2004 and twice captained the Queensland team.
Over a seven-year period at the peak of his career, he won eight gold, five silver and three bronze medals at national level as well as 11 State titles.
He was also a key part of the Maroochydore team which won the world club championship in 2000 and 2002.