100 years of surf life sea rescue
FORMER WA Governor Malcolm Mccusker will always recall the day he decided against heading down to North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club (NCSLSC) for his usual morning paddle on a surf ski.
It was the day in 2000 that Ken Crew was killed by a great white shark just outside the surf club.
“That morning I got up, looked out the window and said ‘that’s shark weather’,” Mr Mccusker said.
“When I eventually went down that had happened.”
The QC had helped rescue fellow lawyer Brian Sierakowski from a shark attack three years earlier.
Mr Mccusker joined the NCSLSC about 40 years ago and despite competing for WA and Australia in veter- an surf ski competitions, it’s the social aspect of the club he enjoys the most.
“Michael Macdermott – he’s a life member now – and I did an Avon Descent together and he said ‘why don’t you join the surf club?’… so I did,” Mr McCusker said.
“I knew a lot of people in the club and I’d been a member at another club in the early years and had my bronze. I’ve got a large group of friends and we meet once a week and it’s just very pleasant.
“I really enjoyed competing and until a year ago I was with a group of friends who would paddle surf three or four times a week.”
Mr Mccusker’s profession as a barrister has also come in handy.
“I’ve represented a fair few people in the club.”
Malcolm Mccusker with North Cottesloe SLS Club Nippers at a training session on the beach. Picture: Andrew RitchieNCSLSC CENTENARY CELEBRATION, OCT 13