A leading local sporting club, business and individual have been recognised in the City of Salisbury’s 2019 Salisbury Legends Awards.
“Salisbury’s status as a flourishing city is a direct result of the people who go the extra mile to embrace others, offer opportunities and deliver excellence in their field,” said Mayor Gillian Aldridge OAM.
“The Legends Awards offer the chance to highlight some of the people and organisations that contribute to our great city.”
This year’s Living Legend is Peter Beames, who has dedicated his time to volunteering at the Burton Community Centre over the past 10 years.
Peter, who had a 37-year-long career in Information Technology, designed an intricate and unique booking system for the Centre that is now at the core of how the centre functions on a daily basis.
This allows it to more efficiently hire out facilities, better manage money and electronically store services information and schedules for activities.
Peter has also singlehandedly taken on the management of eight computers at the Centre and once invested his own money into buying and donating six second-hand PCs when the Centre was unable to fund an upgrade.
Active Legend – Northern District Athletics Club
The Active Legend for 2019 is the Northern Districts Athletics Club in recognition of its tireless work to engage children in athletics, and provide them with pathways to stay involved into adulthood.
This persistent hard work has led to a steady increase in participants in its Carisbrooke Classic and Salisbury Half Marathon events. In its first year, 60 participants took part in the Salisbury Marathon while its most recent event boasted 300 participants.
The club offers free training in the lead up to City to Bay out of its home base, with skilled coaches available to help people achieve their goals. It is also working closely alongside local football and soccer clubs to assist one another in helping grow membership in all sports.
Silentium Defence – Working Legend
This year’s working legend is Parafield-based business Silentium Defence.
Established by James Palmer and Simon Palumbo, Silentium Defence is playing a key role in shaping Australia’s surveillance future through the design, engineering and research of passive radar systems for the Australian Defence Force as well as civilians.
Since opening its doors in July 2018, Silentium Defence has continued to grow – welcoming its 17th team member in July this year.
The company has already received accolades – it was acknowledged within both the Start-up of the Year and Government and Public Sector categories in the South Australian IA Awards earlier this year, while James and Simon were named among Australia’s Top 50 small business leaders by Inside Small Business.