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Amazing Ayden nominated for national bravery award

HERO: Warwick boy Ayden Driscoll, 10, (right) saved his little brother Ashah, 3, from drowning at Tweed Heads.
HERO: Warwick boy Ayden Driscoll, 10, (right) saved his little brother Ashah, 3, from drowning at Tweed Heads. Elyse Wurm

THE heroic story of Warwick boy Ayden Driscoll, who saved his little brother from drowning, has captured the attention of the Queensland Royal Life Saving Society.

Chairman of the honours committee, Jim McClelland, reached out to his family this week, as the group believed Ayden could be eligible for a commendation or bravery medal and urged them to send in a nomination form.

The news comes as shocking statistics were released this week revealing 40 people had already drowned across Australia this summer.

Mr McClelland said reading Ayden's story, which appeared in the Daily News in December, sent a shiver down his spine.

Only six bravery awards were given out nationally last year.

"It's an encouragement and makes people much more aware of what people go through in rescues," Mr McClelland said.

"People who haven't done a rescue, they don't know how scary it can be, and it's a thank you as well."

Ayden's mother Jenna Driscoll said because Ayden had special needs, as he had ADHD and Aspergers.

"I'm very happy for him and I'm proud that he acted when he needed to act, he didn't hesitate and he did all those years of swimming lessons."

Mrs Driscoll said she didn't think the magnitude of his act has sunk in for Ayden.

"It's just another day in the life of Ayden, I don't think he understands how big it really was," she said.

Should Ayden be granted the award, she hopes it will help show him how incredible the rescue was.

Mrs Driscoll submitted the nomination forms the very same day they were contacted by the lifesavers.

Mr McClelland said it could take up to a year for the process to be complete.

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