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Surf Life Saving Australia members receive Knighthood

One of Surf Life Saving Australia’s longest serving members has received one of the highest international accolades awarded by the International Life Saving Federation.

Peter George AM was made a Knight in the Order of Lifesaving at the World Conference for Drowning Prevention being held in Penang.

Mr George and veteran SLSA sport administrator Dave Thompson became the third and fourth Surf Life Saving recipients of the prestigious award.

Australia to defend their title at the German Cup

After 2013’s historic win over Germany, Australia names a team of ten to return to Germany and try to re-stamp their place on the winner’s podium. 

In 2013 Australian became the first nation ever to beat Germany on their own soil at the German Cup.

This November 19-22 Australia will send a fully charged Life Saving Team to Warendorf, where this year's German Cup will be held, in an attempt to re-stamp their place on the winner's podium. 

In the lead up to this event the team will compete at the Orange Cup, in Eindhoven, in the Netherlands from November 14 -15.

The Surf Life Saving Australia and Royal Life Saving Society Australia's national selection panel have named a 10 person team to compete at both international pool championships.

The team includes former world record holder Pam Hendry, experienced international athletes Tim Schofield and Sam Bell plus Australian swimming stars Bradley Woodward, Amy Levings and Will Harmsen

“We have selected a team with a combination of experienced and new athletes for this tour hoping to defend our title after our historical win at the 2013 German Cup” Head Coach Danny Short said. 

“This tour provides a great opportunity for the Australian Life Saving Team to continue to build and improve its pool life saving capability. While the team improved its performance in the pool at the 2014 World Championships in France, we know there is still a way to go if we want a chance at taking out the world title next year at Rescue 2016.”

The team will leave Australia on November 11 to begin this international campaign.


A Scottish man who migrated to Australia with a fear of the ocean is the national Lifesaver of the Year for 2015.

57 year-old Billy Jackson from Brighton Surf Life Saving Club in South Australia took out the DHL Lifesaver of the Year award at the annual Surf Life Saving Australia National Awards of Excellence in Sydney.

He is the first South Australian winner of the DHL Lifesaver of the Year award since 2008.

Rescue of the Month September 2015

On the third of September five Noosa Heads surf lifesavers successfully completed an off-duty group rescue.

Due to their amazing rescue, which demonstrated excellent lifesaving skills and a commitment to their roles as lifesavers, Greg McLaughlin, Gen Brewer, Kirra Molnar, Don McKill and Murdoch Mayfield have been awarded the National Rescue of the Month award for September.

The rescue occurred while Greg McLaughlin was packing up his patrol at the end of the day.

SLSA STATEMENT: 2015 Coates Hire Coolangatta Gold Long Course Swim Leg

On Sunday 11th October 2015 a discrepancy in the swim leg distance of the 2015 Coates Hire Coolangatta Gold was brought to the attention of race organisers during the race.

Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA,) through its Competition Committee, completed a review into the long course swim length and can now confirm that the course was incorrectly set resulting in the swim leg being 2.5km rather than the approved 3.5km course.

A hard day’s night for Ali and three times a lady for Liz

Ali Day and Liz Pluimers are the toast of the coast today after being crowned the 2015 men’s and women’s Coates Hire Coolangatta Gold champions in perfect conditions on the Gold Coast.

But their preparations were far from perfect and both had to dig deeper than ever just to get to the starting line of ironman racing’s grueling 41.8km test of the toughest.

Great Britton goes back-to-back in short course Gold

North Burleigh’s “Tassie Girl” Allie Britton could well live by the adage “if you snooze you lose” after claiming back-to-back Coolangatta Gold short course crowns on the Gold Coast today.

For the first time in five months the 20-year-old, who transferred from Hobart’s Carlton Park club and is now firmly entrenched at North Burleigh, didn’t push the snooze button when her alarm went off to signal race day.


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