The Australian Life Saving Team (ALT) will roll out its strongest squad of Pool Rescue Athletes for the upcoming German Cup & Orange Cup meets in Europe as the Life Saving World Championships 2020 Campaign ramps up.
All six of Australia’s Pool Rescue athletes from the victorious 2018 Lifesaving World Championships team will head to Europe later this month to take on the best Pool Rescue Athletes from around the world.
For the first time in German Cup history a nation will be looking to defend not only its overall point score title but also all team and individual award categories following Australia’s clean sweep back in 2017.
Currumbin duo and current World Record Holders Matt Davis and Prue Davies will again lead the charge for the ALT in Warendorf, where both claimed their records two years ago. As part of the 2018 World Championships National Teams Competition Davis won gold in the 100m Rescue Medley, in which he holds the World Record along with picking up silver medals in both 200m Super Lifesaver and 50m Manikin Carry disciplines.
Davies also shone at last year’s World Championships in Adelaide picking up two individual silver medals in the pool for Australia before backing up and taking gold in the 200m Super Lifesaver while representing Currumbin during Interclub Competition.
Joining the Currumbin duo from last year’s World Championship team will be Sam Bell, Chelsea Gillett, Mariah Jones & Jake Smith. All four athletes have been a consistent force for Australia recently and all four will once again be looking to pick up individual medals at German Cup as they did in 2017.
Head Coach Kurt Wilson noted the consistency in performances from Australia’s top level athletes have been able to produce. “Over the last three years, since World Games in Poland (2017) we have seen our top level athletes raise the bar in terms of our performance expectations in the pool. We have an unbelievably strong core of athletes coming back from World Champs in Adelaide who have all been around for a number of years and developed really strong bonds in and out of the pool.”
Wilson continued, “Our program is continuing to strengthen with some really exciting athletes coming through the ranks. Heading back to Europe as World Champions is definitely exciting but we know there is now a target on our back. Racing against world class competition in Europe will be a great test to see how we are tracking towards Life Saving World Championships 2020 in Italy.”
There will be plenty of excitement surrounding athletes joining the team in Germany and The Netherlands with dual Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist, Bradley Woodward back to represent the ALT for the first time since 2017. Joining Woodward will be Shelly Beach clubmate James Koch, who will make his Australian Life Saving Team debut after impressing at World Championships and Australian Pool Rescue Championships earlier in the year.
Joining Koch as ALT debutants, will be two athletes who have stepped up from last years Australian Youth Life Saving Team in Lani Pallister & Jacob Loughnan. Pallister’s selection continues her impressive growth curve across both swimming and lifesaving.
After a dominant showing at Youth National Teams competition in Adelaide last year, Pallister went on to claim a Youth World Record in the 200m Super Life Saver at Open Interclub Competition in addition to claiming gold in the Open 200m Obstacle Swim.
Loughnan has followed an impressive growth curve of his own going on to break an U19 Australian Record at Australian Pool Rescue Championships 2019 on his way to winning 3 gold medals.
Rachel Eddy will also make her return to the team after recently coming back to full health following a torn ACL in March of 2019. Eddy made her debut at German Cup 2017 and will be looking to continue her recent strong form claiming some notable personal best times at a recent ALT Training Camp.
Bradley Woodward & Matt Davis will join the team after competing at FINA Swimming World Cup Meet in Doha held over 7-9 November.
Remainder German Cup & Orange Cup Team will depart from Brisbane, Monday 18 November prior to their two weekends of racing.
Australian Life Saving Team – German Cup & Orange Cup Squad
|First Name||Last Name||SLS Club||RLSSA Club|
|James||Koch||Shelly Beach||The Hills|
|Mariah||Jones||Tweed Heads & Coolangatta||Port Hacking|
|Jake||Smith||Trigg Island||West Life Saving Club|
Head Coach: Kurt Wilson
Assistant Coach: Rachelle King