Louise Santos: Bondi’s lifeline and fit Australian mum dies suddenly while on holiday in France
A devoted mother and surf lifesaver has been mourned by her community after her sudden death while on holiday abroad.
Louise Santos, 54, was with her husband Stuart and son Josh In France Monday, when tragedy struck 10 days after his birthday.
Ms Santos was a renowned athlete and an active member of the Bondi Surf Club, where she worked and volunteered for over 20 years.
The club president was one of hundreds of people who paid tribute to him since his death.
The cause of his death has not yet been revealed.
Louise Santos, 54 (right) was on vacation with her husband Stuart (left) and son Josh (center) when she died suddenly on Monday, 10 days after her birthday.
Ms Santos is remembered by her community as an active member of the Bondi Surf Club, where she worked and volunteered for over 20 years.
“The entire club is in deep shock, grappling with the void left by Louise’s passing,” said Brent Jackson.
“His influence has rippled through countless aspects of our club, and his absence will be deeply felt by each and every one of us.
“Louise’s legacy is one of unwavering dedication and the profound impact she had on our club’s journey.”
The surf club lowered its flag at half-mast on Wednesday to honor Ms Santos, who had just become an honorary life member.
She and Mr. Jackson had just finished planning the upcoming season of the club’s surf sports team.
“Her commitment was limitless and she continued to diligently advocate for our cause,” he said.
The mother-of-one (pictured) had previously completed Ironwoman challenges and more than 40 Australian Masters and World Masters Surf Life Saving events.
Bondi Surf Club president Brent Jackson paid tribute to Ms Santos, describing her as unwaveringly dedicated and influential (photo, Bondi Surf Club)
Wednesday morning, the surfers observed a minute of silence in memory of their former captain.
A candlelight service was held later in the day at the club.
Her friends and family also remembered her on social media, describing her as a “humble, enthusiastic and joyful” person.
“Her welcoming smile was warm and genuine. She was everything one could want as a lifesaver and member of Bondi,” one wrote.
Ms Santos was also a gifted athlete, winning more than 40 medals in Australian Masters and World Masters Surf Life Saving events.
In 2005, she became Bondi is Australia’s first female individual gold medalist in the Ironwoman 35-39 age group.
She also placed second in her age group at the Coolangatta Gold Long Course endurance event in 2018.
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The 38-year-old, who is a self-confessed “fitness junkie”, developed a cough after returning home last March, before experiencing severe back pain.