The Australian Life Saving Team has today named a team of ten up and coming athletes from around the country who will look to retain the Sanyo Bussan Cup for the 12th consecutive year.
2018 Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Champion Brielle Cooper (Kurrawa) will headline the Australian Life Saving Team’s Pathway Squad heading to Momochi Beach, Japan to take on rival New Zealand alongside five international teams including South Africa and host nation Japan.
Following a breakout 2018 season, Cooper posted strong results across the 2019 season including back to back podium finishes across rounds four and five of the Nutri-Grain Ironwoman series. Cooper capped her season with five top-6 finishes at Aussies 2019 including a bronze medal in the Open Ironwoman and a Board Rescue silver with teammate and fellow Australian Life Saving Team debutant Bay Wildin-Snedden (Kurrawa).
Co-captains from the 2018 Australian Youth Life Saving Team in Mitchell Coombes (BMD Northcliffe) and Naomi Scott (Manly) will look to continue on from dominant seasons of their own. Coombes has claimed back to back U19 Ironman titles at Aussies 2018 & 2019 while Scott, who will be making her third trip to Sanyo Bussan Cup, featured heavily across the 2019 Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series alongside claiming the Youth Ironwoman crown in Adelaide last year. Tiarnee Massie (Maroochydore) will also make the jump from the Australian Youth Life Saving Team program.
TJ Hendy (Surfers Paradise) will also make his Australian Life Saving Team debut as part of the Pathway program following a bronze medal finish in the Open Ironman at Aussies 2019. Joining Hendy in the surf will be fellow Sanyo Bussan Cup debutant Corey Fletcher (Currumbin) and Jackson Borg (Newport) who will be making his second trip to Japan after making his debut in 2016.
Currumbin duo Kieran Gordon and Brittanny Brymer both secured their places in the team following successful Aussies 2019 campaigns. Gordon played a key role in Currumbin’s Open Male Beach Relay victory while also securing silver in the Male Beach Sprint, behind only fellow ALT Squad member Jackson Symonds. Brymer had an impressive all-round showing of her own with top five finishes across flags, beach sprint and relay to round out her season.
The Australian Life Saving Team will depart for Japan on Wednesday 19 June, with two days of competition held on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June 2019.
Full competition details and team lists can be found on http://sanyo-lifesavingcup.com/
Sanyo Bussan Cup 2019 – Australian Life Saving Team
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Team Coaches & Management:
- Coach – Zayne Hamill
- Coach – Sam Dick
- Team Manager – John Brennan