The Australian Life Saving Team has maintained its perfect record at Sanyo Bussan Cup taking out an 11th consecutive victory in Fukuoka, Japan.
The Australian Life Saving Team took out the overall pointscore with 897 points ahead of rival, New Zealand (869 points) and host nation Japan (675 points.)
With sickness and injury plaguing the team on Day 1 an increased workload was shouldered by debutants, Max Brooks (Newport) and Lana Rogers (Noosa Heads) who were able to prove they belonged on the international stage.
Prue Davies (Currumbin/Queensland RLS) and Jemma Smith (Umina/The Hills) were able to again show maturity beyond their years on the international stage. Davies dominated swim events across the two-day event picking up eight wins from her eight events.
Smith and Rogers combined spectacularly across the weekend in both individual and team events putting a stranglehold on Ironwoman, board, ski, board rescue and taplin events picking up 8 wins from a potential 10 across these events.
With captain Hayden White, (Currumbin) Daniel Collins, (Redhead) and Jake Smith (Trigg Island) battling illness and injury at different points throughout the weekend the depth and versatility of the team was tested.
Head Coach Kurt Wilson was ecstatic with the performance of the team given circumstances they were faced with. “It’s awesome to come away to Japan with such a talented team and to come away with overall victory against some tough competition.”
Wilson added “We had a couple of scares on Saturday with illness and injury changing our approach to the event. A lot of questions were asked of the team over the course of the two days and we were able to answer. It was a true testament to our versatility and depth and to go out and perform and execute over the two days.”
The team also took part in the annual Cultural Exchange Program on Monday, teaching local Japanese school children skills in the water before travelling to Tokyo later in the week.
The Australian Life Saving Team will now shift its focus to German Cup for Pool Rescue athletes in the lead up to Life Saving Worlds Championships 2018.
Full event results and point scores can be found here.