2005 National Bravery Award to members of the Birkebeiner Ski Club

Members of the Birkebeiners Nordic Ski Club received a group citation in the 2005 National Bravery Awards for their contributions to the search and rescue of three men in blizzard conditions on Mt Bogong in August 2004.

The recipients were Jim Gargan, Paul Grusovin, Rob Borland, Jarrod Paine and David Panozzo, together with Gordon Guest-Smith from the Mount Hotham Ski Patrol.

The award was cited “For a collective act of bravery, by a group of persons in extraordinary circumstances that is considered worthy of recognition.  Awardees comprise members of the Birkebeiners Nordic Ski Club and one member of the community.”