Cronulla Lifesaver Is Top Trainer

Since taking on the Chief Training Role at Cronulla in 2013, Kerrie Hammell has embraced a wide range of responsibilities and dedicated herself to ensuring members have all the skills and qualifications needed to be successful lifesavers.

She is viewed within her club as a mentor and has helped shape the culture within the education team.

In 2016 she has spread the message of beach safety further by conducting a pre-school session which was regarded as highly energetic and fun for all those involved. Never one to shy away from a good idea, Kerrie is active participant in branch meetings and always keen to put strong ideas into practice.

It’s fair to say that the Cronulla member was stunned when her name was announced as Trainer of the Year.

“I’m absolutely stunned, it’s wonderful. I think all Trainers put in a lot of work, it’s just a really big job and it’s really important,” Kerrie Hammell said.

Throughout 2015/15 she has assisted in delivering and assessing in 6 Bronze Medallion and SRC Courses in the Bate Bay area this season, as well as training candidates in ARTC and Spinal Management courses.

“I was lucky enough to help a lot of my club members through their Bronze Medallions this season which was great. I have been the Chief Trainer at Cronulla SLSC for the last three years and I know almost everyone in the club it’s wonderful.”

After a busy few seasons Kerrie is planning for a quieter summer in 2016/17. “For the next year I’m going to take a side step from the position of Chief Trainer but I’ll still be on patrol and then I’ll see what happens. I really appreciate the support my club gave me while I was assisting with all the training of members.”

Currently she is focusing her attention on club and district duties, but hasn’t ruled out working with the Sydney Branch on the operational area of education in the future.

The 2016 SLSNSW Awards of Excellence are proudly presented by Stramit Building Products. Over 350 of Surf Life Saving’s most outstanding lifesavers, athletes, educators, coaches, and administrators from around NSW gathered at Sydney’s iconic Four Seasons Hotel for a night of celebration.

Photo: Kerrie Hammell at the 2016 SLSNSW Awards of Excellence.

Mon 15 Aug 2016