McCormack Crowned Top Assessor

The 2015/16 summer has been a busy and successful one for North Bondi’s Ben McCormack who continues to make his mark within the field of education at the famous Sydney club.

As an assessor Ben has earned a reputation for being knowledgeable, approachable, and calm. It’s not too often that candidates feel a sense of loyalty to a teacher especially if they don’t pass, but it’s a credit to his personality that they embrace this constructive feedback.

Ben volunteered in excess of 120 hours on assessing alone during the 2015/16 season at 27 different courses, filled the role of lead assessor at the majority of these.

He believes passionately in ensuring all lifesavers have strong skills maintenance, and is always looking at new and innovative ways to pass this knowledge on to members.

This has included an instructional video, which featured The Block’s Scott Cam.

“Scott Cam is a good bloke, and we had to get the message out there that everyone had to do their skills maintenance and he was really happy to help. It was all about getting everyone in the club on board with our new skills maintenance system,” said Ben McCormack.

A personal project he has been working on since he served as the club’s Chief Training Officer in 2014 was the creation of a training handbook that has been well received within the club.

Keen to stay abreast of all the developments and new techniques he spent time this season updating his own qualifications.

He was full of praise for his club believing that this recognition was due to the strong education team culture at North Bondi.

“Our whole club is amazing. We’ve got a new skills maintenance program, which involves getting everyone up to scratch to make them proficient for the upcoming season.

“We just have a really good education team and I just love being an Assessor. I love seeing members pass their awards and do really well,” he said.

Ben McCormack will undoubtedly continue to make positive contributions to education in lifesaving both at his club and in the wider Sydney community.

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.

Photograph - North Bondi's Ben McCormack is all smiles at the 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Awards of Excellence.

Mon 15 Aug 2016