Chief Instructor 1977-79, Competition Officer 1982-83

“Cookie” is probably best summed up by the description in our Club’s history book as “the quintessential lifesaver”. He joined Trigg from Leighton (Fremantle) club in 1976, having bought a property in nearby Karrinyup where he still resides. An excellent swimmer, he has achieved an astounding record in competition, in all water arenas bar boats. At club level he has at one time or another won Senior Surf, Senior Belt, Ironman, Marathon, Wave Ski, Single Ski, Malibu, President’s Mile, Points Swim. His medal haul at State level, earlier in Open and later in Masters is literally massive, too numerous to tally.

His medal haul at the Aussies is also enormous:

  • Gold 1978 Restricted (O24) Surf Race
  • 1978 Veterans Surf Race
  • Silver 1976 O24 Surf Race
  • 1979 O30 Surf Race
  • 1984 O30 Surf Race
  • Bronze 1979 O24 Surf Race
  • 1985 O30 Surf Race

Between 1993 when Masters became a National comp. and 2011, 43 Gold, 27 Silver & 25 Bronze Medals.

He was State Team Captain for 17 consecutive years, Club Champion 1976-77 and Best Clubman 1979 and 1981. He is a veteran of the Blue Hole Winter Swimming comp. since its inception, winning more times than any other person. Willing to pass on his profound knowledge he began coaching as Junior Officer in 1984-85, and took on Swim Captain in 1998 to present day.

He is a Level 3 Competition Official, mostly assisting in R & R, March Past and as Competitor Liaison at State and National level. He is also on the Club’s Disciplinary Committee, since 2000 to date.

Recently retired (2011) as Senior Beach Inspector with the City of Stirling, but still competing. Received Life Membership of SLSWA in 1994, and awarded Club Life Membership in 1999. Inducted into SLSWA Hall of Fame, 2000.

In 2019 in recognition for his achievements of competing in every Australian Masters Championships since 1993 and winning 85 medals he entered the SLSA Masters Hall of Fame.  The club honoured him by naming the club’s main hall the Michael Cook Room.

He continues to play an active part at Trigg today by training our members for their Bronze Medallion.