Australian Open 2021 honors Australians who save and protect lives by showcasing the voices of community heroes for the tournament’s live electronic line calling

The Behind the Line Project will use recorded voices for the terms “Out”, “Fault” and “Foot Fault” to represent the Australian community champions, including frontline workers, for the pandemic, fire department and surfing life State to recognize savers and other personnel of the rescue service

Heroes selected include a Victorian paramedic who signed Covid-19 in 2020, an SES volunteer from New South Wales who saved two people from the floods in January, and a Queensland lifesaver who did one represents the entire patrol team that saved seven people from a rift in late January

Steve Gelagotis, Ambulance Victoria medic, said it was an honor to be selected as the voice for electronic wiring at the Australian Open

“It was definitely not what I expected, but I consider it an honor to represent Ambulance Victoria and to have my voice on the line”The Australian Open is an icon of the sporting event, and I remember sitting in front of mom and dad in front of the TV as a little kid and calling out the phone calls with different accents to pretend I was a linesman. It’s an extreme Privilege to be part of the Australian Open this year, ”said Gelagotis

Simon Merrick, commander of SES NSW Hunter Central Cluster, plunged into the flood with a harness tied in a swollen river in the Hunter Valley to save two people

“I will never forget the experience of being able to help two people who were in a very dark room at the time and to bring them to safety is a feeling that I, the team and the other agencies have were there, will not be forgotten to speak to these people as soon as we bring them ashore and the appreciation they were able to show is what makes volunteering so special and why this country is so great, ”said Merrick

Kyal Thornton (pictured) of the Tallebudgera Life Saving Club led a patrol of volunteers who rescued seven people who were caught in a rift on Australia Day with a swimmer in need of resuscitation

“To have my voice on the electronic line, I am doing this on behalf of the entire patrol group I think they all deserve to be recognized, they did a great job that day and everyone went home safely” said Thornton

Heroes were selected from across all states and territories and reflect unique aspects of Australian lifeOther heroes include Dana Mitchell of Kangaroo Island in South Australia who suffered the devastating effects of the 2020 bushfires, a Northern Territory volunteer Reanna Sanders, who cooks and serves 100 free meals to those in need, and a swimming instructor, Jackie Rousseau, who, as part of the ACT, developed a free program to prevent drowning children whose families cannot afford classes

Fremantle Sea Rescue of Western Australia, Australia’s busiest voluntary sea rescue service, is represented by skipper David Hadlow The efforts of the Tasmanian Fire Department in Campania to bring the community together during Covid-19 are recognized by Second Officer, Kate Gilham

Live Electronic Line Calling was implemented as part of the tournament’s COVIDSafe protocols and has also reduced the number of people required on-site at Melbourne Park

Live phone calls are broadcast around the pitch via remote tracking cameras and automatically send the audio calls in real time

Tennis Australia recognizes that the AO takes place in Aboriginal land and we thank the traditional owners, their ancestors and elders past, present and genesis, and all of the First Nations people


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