100 years of surf life sea res­cue

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - Denise S. Cahill

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.”

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Mal­colm Mc­cusker with North Cottes­loe SLS Club Nip­pers at a train­ing ses­sion on the beach. Pic­ture: An­drew RitchieNCSLSC CENTENARY CEL­E­BRA­TION, OCT 13

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