Congratulations to Michael Cook, inductee into Surf Life Saving Australia’s Inaugural Masters Hall of Fame.
Michael had to choose between competitive cycling and swimming in his youth and chose swimming. He held the W.A. State records for the 400, 800 and 1500 metres pool swims, was a champion in the Individual Medley and Swim through Perth.
He was recruited to the Leighton Surf Club in 1964 to boost the Club’s swimming section.
Michael was an all-round athlete, competing in Rescue and Resuscitation, Surf race, Surf Teams race, Taplin Team, Ironman, Board races and was the State Champion Lifesaver for six years between 1975 and 1982.
At Leighton Surf Club he was Best Club Member in 1971, Best All-Round Club Member in 1974 and held Chief Instructor’s Office for two years. Although Mike continued instruction of a large number of members in surf awards over many years.
He was a member of the WA State Team for 17 years in succession from 1965 and was its Captain for six years.
Mike joined the Board of Examiners in 1983 and has continued to contribute as an Examiner and Competition Official to this day.
Mike was given Life Membership to the Surf Club in 1975, was awarded Life Membership to SLSWA in 1994 and inducted into the SLSWA Hall of Fame in 2000.
After transferring to Trigg Island Surf Club in 1977, Michael continued to excel in surf competition and as a member of the Board of Examiners.
Michael holds a special place in the competitive history of the Fremantle Surf Club.