Stories of success - 1980 to 1999

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Nick Jenkins (Class of 1991)

In 2016, Nick was involved in the dramatic rescue of surfer Ben Gerring, who was attacked by a shark while surfing at Gearies Beach, just south of Mandurah.

When Nick saw a commotion on the beach, his inherent desire to help those around him shone through as he leapt into action, running towards the stricken surfer who was barely clinging to life.

Immediately, Nick took control of the situation, managing Ben's airway and coordinating the rescue effort and growing crowd for almost half-an-hour until the first ambulance arrived.

Ben ultimately succumbed to his terrible injuries, but Premier Mark McGowan presented Nick with a gold medallion at the 2017 Surf Life Saving Costal Bravery Awards in recognition for his valiant efforts on that autumn day.

As a student, Nick earned the respect of staff and students alike in his role as College Captain, as well as through serving on a variety of other school committees, and representing CBC in Swimming, Rugby and Water Polo.

Inspired by Brother Kelly during his time at the College, Nick decided to pursue a career in education, and only ten years after graduating from CBC he was appointed Director of Sports at Mandurah Catholic College.

There was never a dull moment at Mandurah, with Nick's responsibilities including catering to the sporting needs of more than 1,700 students, and the management of 80 weekend sports teams and 40 inter-school squads.

Never one to be content to sit back, Nick is now the director of partnerships at Champion Life, an online initiative that, coupled with immersive and interactive workshops, embraces technology to help students from Years 4 to 8 improve their physical and mental health.