Australian Lifesaving Team Managers and Assistant Coaches announced for the Lifesaving World Championships (LWC) 2020 campaign
Surf Life Saving Australia and Royal Life Saving Society – Australia are pleased to announce the appointment of the Australian Lifesaving Team Managers, Assistant Coaches and Pathway Coaches for the Lifesaving World Championships 2020 (LWC2020) campaign.
Australian Lifesaving Team Head Coach, Kurt Wilson, who was re-appointed in February, will be supported by a group of specialist assistant coaches, including former ALT members and multiple world champions in Shannon Eckstein (Assistant Coach – Ocean) and Andrew Bowden (Assistant Coach – Pool).
Both Eckstein and Bowden return from the victorious LWC2018 campaign and will be joined by another former ALT world champion in Brett Robinson (Assistant Coach – Beach) who has previously coached beach athletes for the New Zealand Black Fins over the past two campaigns.
Recently appointed Australian Youth Lifesaving Team (AYLT) Coach, Craig Holden, will be supported by Sam Dick as Youth Assistant Coach who returns following his role as beach assistant coach in 2018. Sam has been part of the youth and pathway teams, supporting their involvement in Japan, New Zealand and Adelaide as part of the LWC18 campaign.
John Brennan has been selected as the Team Manager for the Australian Life Saving Team. John has worked with Surf Life Saving Queensland for the past 25 years, and been directly involved with the International Life Saving Federation as a competitor and chief referee.
“Having been involved as an athlete and official for so many years I’m excited and honoured to step up to the ALT Team Manager position, on the back of the Team’s success at LWC18 I’m really looking forward to maintaining that world class standard in leading the management of the Australian Team alongside a really strong group of coaches and support personnel,” said John Brennan.
Melinda Jackson will return to the program as Youth Team Manager. Melinda led the youth team in the 2016 campaign as Youth Team Manager, and was the Team Manager of BMD Northcliffe Youth Team at LWC2018.
The LWC2020 Campaign will see the introduction of ALT Pathway Coaches whose primary role will be to assist in the development of future athletes to represent the ALT at World Championships in 2022 and beyond.
Pathway Coaches through the LWC2020 include Zayne Hamill, (Pathway Ocean Coach) Rachelle King (Pathway Pool Coach) and Mel Cracroft-Wilson (Pathway Beach Coach).
Open Pool Coach, Andrew Bowden said, “I’m very humbled and excited to be reappointed, working alongside the likes of Shannon Eckstein, Brett Robinson and Kurt – such a wealth of international experience and achievements to their names respectively.”
“I’m also excited to work with the new Pathway Coaches, in particular developing their discipline-specific expertise and supporting them in reaching their full potential. They will certainly be key in bridging the gap between the Youth and Open Teams, an important component of the Youth-Open development pathway,” said Andrew.
Competitors will be vying for a position in the team for the 2020 Lifesaving World Championships with National Teams Competition held from the 23rd – 27th September, 2020 in Riccione, Italy.
Athlete nominations for the Australian Life Saving Team will open Thursday 18th April, 2019 for all youth and open athletes wishing to be part of the Life Saving World Championships 2020 Campaign.
Australian Life Saving Team Coaches and Managers
ALT Head Coach – Kurt Wilson
ALT Team Manager – John Brennan
Open Ocean Coach – Shannon Eckstein
Open Pool Coach – Andrew Bowden
Open Beach Coach – Brett Robinson
AYLT Coach – Craig Holden
AYLT Team Manager – Melinda Jackson
AYLT Assistant Coach – Sam Dick
Pathway Ocean Coach – Zayne Hamill
Pathway Pool Coach – Rachelle King
Pathway Beach Coach – Mel Cracroft-Wilson