The Australian and Interstate Pool Rescue made a splash in Adelaide today with two consecutive world records set in the Masters category before midday.
Held at South Australia Aquatic and Leisure Centre, 68 races were conducted across day one of the event with two world records and 17 Australian records set throughout a day of action packed pool racing. Day one saw the unique ten person obstacle relays and line throw races taking place throughout the day as spectators supported their clubs from the stands.
The standout performance from today’s racing took place in the 100m masters category with two consecutive world record’s showcasing the skill level of our veteran lifesavers. Grant Simpson from South Australian club West Beach first took out the 1:13 record with a strong 1:11:28 performance. Veteran Stephen Fry of Queensland’s Northcliffe SLSC watched from the blocks as he prepared for his own publicised world record challenge. What followed was a stand-out swim that saw Stephen, a multiple world record holder, successfully smashing the newly set record out of the water with his own 1:08:46 100 metre performance.
Teams events ran throughout the day with Queensland heavyweights Currumbin SLSC leading the open point tally at 154, with Maroochydore SLSC and Northcliffe SLSC closing off the top three with 82 and 59 points respectively. In the Masters division South Australia’s West Beach SLSC is in the lead at 69 points, with NSW clubs Bondi SLSC following close behind at 60 points, and Terrigal in third at 44.
The Australian Life Saving Team flew in for the competition and a presentation from Graham Ford, President of Surf Life Saving Australia for their silver medal winning effort at the World Games in Poland.
Shane Knight, Head of Sport at Surf Life Saving Australia said the days racing was a great start to the weekend.
“We saw a spirited day of racing today, record setting performances across a number of events setting the tone for a big weekend in the Pool” he said
Tomorrow’s racing kicks off at 8.30 am with the under 13 patient tow races, followed by the super lifesaver, brick carry and manikin carry events throughout the day. The Australian Pool Life Saving Championships run from 4th – 6th August with 220 events including manikin carry, manikin tow, line throw, obstacle swim and the simulated emergency response competition.
Download the full day’s results and point score here