The Australian Life Saving Team are in their final week of preparation to compete in Pool Rescue at The World Games in Poland next week.
The two day competition, July 21-22, will be the first opportunity for Australian Life Saving Team’s Pool Rescue athletes to test the waters at an international level ahead of the Life Saving World Championships 2018 campaign.
With just days until the competition begins, the city of Wroclaw is preparing to welcome 3,000 athletes from 111 countries in the biggest sporting event to take place in Polish history.
Australia last competed in the World Games in 2009 when they were held in Chinese Taipei.
The newly formed team will be lead by Pamela Hendry, who as Vice-Captain of Australia’s Worlds 2016 team brought home a gold and two silver medals.
“We are all extremely excited to arrive in Poland. The last time Australia represented at The World Games was 8 years ago so we are all new to the competition and eager to race.” Hendry said.
Rescue 2016 star Chelsea Gillett was ruled out of the competition after a flare up of an existing shoulder injury which has paved the way for youth sensation Rachel Wood to make her capped international debut for the Australian Life Saving Team. Wood is joined by fellow debutant Samantha Howe, also making the leap to senior competition, after their outstanding victory as part of Australia’s Youth Life Saving Team at Worlds 2016.
Young gun Bradley Woodward is looking forward to a return to Europe after recently training and spending time in Italy, France and Spain. Woodward has had a consistent 2017, dominating the Royal Life Saving National Titles in January before also reaching the finals at Swimming Australia’s Nationals Titles earlier this year.
The new team who came together for their first training camp of the year last month are gearing up for a busy second half with international competitions coming up in New Zealand, Germany & The Netherlands later this year.
Six members of The World Games squad will also form part of Royal Life Saving ‘Barras’ Squad to travel to South Africa in August.
The World Games Team departs for Poland on Sunday 16 July.