A dominant performance by the Australian Life Saving Team has seen them take their 10th consecutive Sanyo Bussan Cup in Fukuoka, Japan.
On Saturday 24 June and Sunday 25 June the Australia Life Saving Team propelled to victory at the 10th annual Sanyo Bussan Cup, winning 29 of 44 possible events across the weekend.
Australia took out the overall point score with 854, ahead of host nation Japan, who came in second with 711 points, and current Life Saving World Champions New Zealand who finished third with 703 points.
All Australian Team members came away victorious in at least three events across the weekend highlighting the squad’s depth.
Maddy Dunn was the standout performer for the females on the weekend, winning nine of her 10 events including taking out the ironwoman, board race, board rescue and taplin on both days. Naomi Scott and Rachel Wood picked up six firsts apiece owning surf race and surf teams across the weekend.
Josh Brown dominated the male field collecting seven firsts, one second, and three thirds, while Daniel Collins took out six firsts, two seconds, and three thirds. Both males and females dominated the team events taking out every surf team, board rescue and taplin event over the weekend.
Sanyo Cup coach Craig Holden said he was ecstatic with the performance of his youthful side.
“Our focus was to concentrate on our preparation before and during each event, with a goal to race the perfect race each time and let the outcomes flow in from that,” he said.
“It was also great to see how competitive the other teams were as well, in particular Japan, I think the improvements that Japan and USA have made is evident and this is great for International Lifesaving.”
The team also took part in the annual Cultural Exchange Program on Monday June 26 with local Japanese school children before travelling to Tokyo to take in some sightseeing for the remainder of the week.
The Australian Life Saving Team’s focus will now shift to Pool Rescue competition with the ALT taking part in The World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland over 21-22 July.
Full event results and point scores can be found at http://sanyo-lifesavingcup.com/schedule
Sanyo Bussan Cup 2017 – Point Score
|Test 1||Test 2||OVERALL|
|2||Japan A||355||2||Japan A||356||2||Japan A||711|
|3||New Zealand||349||3||New Zealand||354||3||New Zealand||703|
|4||South Africa||302||4||South Africa||294||4||South Africa||596|
|6||Japan B||271||6||Japan B||280||6||Japan B||551|
|8||Hong Kong||157||8||Hong Kong||158||8||Hong Kong||315|
Sanyo Bussan Cup 2017 – Australian Life Saving Team
|First Name||Last Name||SLS Club||RLSSA Club|
Team Coaches & Management:
- Coach – Craig Holden
- Assistant Coach – Sam Dick