Elise McCorriston, Venus Bay SLSC – LSV
Elise has been described as a phenomenal assessor, mentor and valuable member who is involved in many facets of surf lifesaving. Well known for her gentle nature and high standards, Elise has raised the standard of assessment at Venus Bay and encouraged members to achieve their full potential. Elise was on the review panel for the PSAR 35 project as Victoria’s representative, in charge of overseeing the chapters on communication, risk management and CPR. Elise then assisted with the implementation of the new PSAR resources and documentation.
In addition, Elise has been a member of the patrol efficiency audit and has assisted other clubs around the district in raising the standard of patrolling. Elise faced the many challenges due to COVID with an open mind, flexibility, with the end goal of helping clubs to achieve assessment numbers so they could operate patrols for the season.
Phillip Carter, Maroubra SLSC – NSW
Phillip is the Randwick Education Coordinator. He participated as either Lead Assessor or Assessor in 39 of the 45 scheduled bronze assessments in Sydney Branch. He also completed IRB driver and crew assessments. He was instrumental in campaigning for education and training funding at Club, Branch and State level.
Phil navigated the difficulties associated with a challenging season by ensuring his understanding of the changes associated with new resources and materials before mentoring and supporting others through his leadership and positivity.
In addition to his contribution at Branch level, Phil continues his involvement at his home club of Maroubra sitting on multiple committees. Phil has mentored several Bronze and IRB trainers, supporting them in not only endorsement as trainers but to consider their role as potential Assessors.
The feedback from candidates about Phil is unequivocally positive – both as a Trainer and Assessor.
Kenneth Clark OAM, Pacific SLSC – QLD
Ken was recognised with his 35 Year Training and 35 Year Assessing Service Certificates at the conclusion of the 2020/21 season. Ken holds numerous senior positions at the Club in addition to his Trainer and Assessor roles.
While Ken works for SLSQ he always finds time to volunteer with the training and assessing of volunteers. Ken is always happy to assist any of the clubs in Point Danger Branch as well as the Brisbane Lifesaving Service when needed. In total, Ken assessed 347 awards and skills maintenance including the assessment of 39 new awards throughout the season. Ken was the only Pacific SLSC member who was a current and qualified IRB Assessor.
In addition to this, Ken was also awarded SLSQ Life Membership for his services in education to the movement. Most recently, Ken was awarded the Medal of the Order (OAM) honours in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List announced in June 2021.
Jeff Medcalf, Albany SLSC – WA
For the past 21 years, Jeff has immersed himself in delivering the highest quality of education, training and assessing to surf lifesavers at Albany SLSC. Jeff provides confident leadership and exceptional mentoring to the trainers and assessors through his detailed model lesson plans and resources.
In the 2020 season, Jeff was appointed to the SLSWA Standing Committee – Education. He completed his Cert IV in Training and Assessment and coordinated and attended annual Trainer and Assessor in-service training. He also completed his IRB Assessor award and strived to increase the number of qualified trainers and assessors within his club whilst focusing on streamlining the delivery of awards.
The Westfarmers Emergency Response Team (WERT) is an integral part of the emergency services available in Albany. Jeff coordinated a RWC training course between Esperance Goldfields and Albany SLSC, which is a vital part of ensuring WERT’s skills are up to date in the event of an emergency.
Jeff has had a tremendous impact on the lives of his fellow clubbies, the community and the trainers and assessors within the Great Southern region of WA.
Ingrid Cobiac, Brighton SLSC – SA
Ingrid joined Brighton SLSC as a nipper and is now the Chief Instructor, in charge of all education, training and delivery, a position she has held since 2016. She takes an active role in many State run activities and initiatives.
She is currently a proficient Assessor and only qualified member to have successfully completed the recent Assessor skillset upgrade at her Club, meaning she has overseen all assessments. For Ingrid’s Club alone, this totaled more than 50 members for new awards and over 350 skills maintenance activities for the 2020 season.
Ingrid has been involved in State run IRB courses, including travelling regionally to assist remote Clubs with conducting skills maintenance activities, conducting award assessments, completing patrol audits and delivering IRB courses. She has fostered relationships and mentored members from these Clubs.
Ingrid was a key member of the group that rolled out the new SRC and Bronze Medallion resources and courses to trainers and assessor at State level. Without Ingrid Brighton SLSC would be unable to meet their education and training needs.