The Australian Life Saving Team will kick off its Life Saving World Championships 2018 campaign when they travel to Wroclaw, Poland to compete at The World Games 2017.
The Australian Life Saving Team will send its strongest 10 Pool Rescue athletes to ‘The World Games’ in Wroclaw, Poland from 22-23 July 2017.
The 103rd Australian Life Saving Team will feature a mix of youth and international experience, with six returning members from Australia’s 2016 World Life Saving Championships team, and two rookies. The youth movement throughout the wider squad is clear with the average age of The World Games team under 21 years.
Australian Life Saving Team head coach Kurt Wilson said this will be an opportunity for the side to showcase their skills before the Life Saving World Championships 2018.
“This is an incredibly important tour for us leading up to Rescue 2018 next year,” he said.
“Any capped Australian Team is important, but the fact this will be our first outing in this Rescue cycle adds some extra significance.
“The World Games tour and the remainder of the Pool Rescue season will be major considerations when we look to name our squad for the World Championships early next year.”
Pamela Hendry will head the team following her role as Vice-Captain of Australia’s 2016 World Life Saving Championships Team where she came away with a gold and two silver medals.
Joining Hendry will be Bradley Woodward and Mariah Jones, who respectively took out the male and female individual championships at the Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships earlier this year.
Samantha Howe will join the team for the first time, after collecting three individual gold medals at last year’s World Youth Life Saving Championships.
The Australian Life Saving Team leaves for Poland Sunday 16 July.
The World Games 2017 – Australian Life Saving Team
|First Name||Last Name||SLS Club||RLSSA Club|
|Samantha||Howe||Point Leo||Victorian State Team|
|Bradley||Woodward||Shelly Beach||The Hills LSC|
|Jake||Smith||Trigg Island||Western Australia RLS|
|Mariah||Jones||Tweed Heads & Coolangatta||Queensland RLS|
Team Coaches & Management:
- Coach – Kurt Wilson
- Team Manager – Garry Mensforth
- Medical Advisor – Nick Marshall