Narrabeen Nipper Named Top Junior Lifesaver

The love of the beach and ocean has been a constant theme in the household of Ella Cook, so, it was only natural that she would find her to Narrabeen Beach Nippers at the tender age of six.

Eight seasons later and the passionate young lifesaver finished her time in Nippers as the Female Junior Lifesaver of the Year.

Ella has taken on many leadership roles that belie her young years. She’s an enthusiastic volunteer of Water Safety, holds her SRC, and is a member of the Narrabeen Water Rats which is the club’s cadet program.

This has given her an opportunity to travel to other beaches and help out on patrol and with other water safety commitments at club and branch level. She was also a strong water athlete and enjoyed competing at carnivals.

“It feels really good to be recognised in front of the wider Surf Life Saving community and you don’t realise how big our movement is and what everyone has achieved over the 2015/16 season it’s outstanding,” Ella Cook said.

“Coming from a small club, it’s amazing to receive the award and to feel like I’ve achieved something for myself is great.”

Surf Lifesaving remains a popular pastime in the Cook family. Her father is currently Director of Lifesaving at Narrabeen Beach and her mother helps out with Nippers.

One initiative that she’s keen to implement in the branch is working with deaf swimmers and to teach them water safety through sign language.

Ella hopes to gain more qualifications within Surf Life Saving and has aspirations to one day join her beloved club’s management.

“I want to move through to cadets, start volunteering at SurfCom and hopefully have a position on the Board of my club,” Ella Cook said.

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.

For a full list of all the winners, and to see photographs from the night, please visit the SLSNSW Awards of Excellence Event Page or our social media channels.

Photo: Ella Cook at the 2016 SLSNSW Awards of Excellence.

Mon 15 Aug 2016