Australian Life Saving Team claims hard-fought second place at The World Games
The Australia Life Saving Team churned up the pool over the weekend, taking home 12 medals including two gold against the top ten international teams.
Australia finished with an impressive second place at a total of 326 points after two days of high-speed competition, behind European powerhouse Italy (342) whilst finishing clear of rivals Germany, France & New Zealand.
Hosted by the city of Wroclaw, the event saw the top ten teams from the 2016 World Life Saving Championships take to the pool along with the host country, in a fast-paced racing format that highlights the skills required to save lives in an aquatic environment.
In their first World Games in eight years, the newly formed team lead by Captain Pamela Hendry broke six Australian records and tied with Italy on the medal tally with an impressive twelve medals over the two day competition.
Hendry was thrilled with the performance of the team, including the four newest members who made their international debut at the event.
“The young guns were so motivating in our team environment and the more experienced members lead from the front and out in the water.” Hendry said.
Head Coach Kurt Wilson highlighted the depth and talent within the squad as a key indicator of the platform set for the Life Saving World Championships 2018.
“The World Games proved a world class event this year with several games and world records broken over the two day competition”
“With 12 podium places earned our team proved a real threat to the traditional powerhouses across finals on both days. To come a close second behind Italy is a great indicator of success leading into the Life Saving World Championships next year.”
Members of The Australian Lifesaving Team will next compete at SLSA’s National Pool Rescue Championships held from 4th-6th August in Adelaide.