TRIBUTE TO SIMON HOFFMAN

I feel very privileged to know local hero Simon Hoffman of Valentine. Recently Simon made national news after he displayed an incredible level of heroism and self-sacrifice to rescue his friend. Eighteen-year-old Simon was competing in the 29er World Championship in Los Angeles when his friend John Durcan's boat capsized and he became tangled in the ropes underwater. Simon sacrificed his own chance of making the team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to rescue John from drowning. Swimming to John's boat and pulling him from the water and into a rescue boat, Simon performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation and ultimately saved John's life. John has since recovered and has competed in another world championship event since then. Simon should be incredibly proud. Not only is he an immensely talented athlete, but also a fundamentally decent person. Simon is clearly one in a million, and you are a lucky person if you have him as a mate.

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