On the back of two Pool Rescue world records, Currumbin SLSC duo Matt Davis and Prue Davies have led the Australian Life Saving Team (ALT) to a German Cup victory in Warendorf, Germany (24-25 November 2017.)
The ALT dominated the field of 14 countries, picking up 19 medals across 20 events, and taking out the overall medal tally and point score at the two-day meet.
Matt Davis started off the day two smashing the Rescue Medley world record with a time of 58.82 secs, becoming the first competitor in history to finish the event in under 59 secs.
Davis’ success was spread across all his events, earning a well-deserved individual point score title with his haul of nine medals, including five gold.
Not to be outdone, Currumbin teammate Prue Davies asserted the new age of Australian dominance in the 200m Super Life Saver swimming a 2:21.73 secs, followed by teammate Mariah Jones who picked up silver.
Davies also picked up the female individual point score crown, after finishing the weekend with three gold and two silver medals to go along with her world record. Jones finished second in the individual female point score after taking out the 200m Obstacle Swim on day one.
ALT German Cup team captain Tim Schofield said he was proud to lead the team to victory.
“As a team, we’re proud of what we have been able to achieve over the last week,” he said.
“To come over to Germany and show the rest of the world what this team is capable of heading into Life Saving World Championships next year is really inspiring.”
The rest of the team also put on a dominant display, with Schofield and fellow Rescue 2016 stars Sam Bell and Chelsea Gillett picking up multiple medals across a range of individual and team events.
Rachel Wood and Rachel Eddy proved their worth on the international stage, with Eddy earning her first Australian Cap and looking well placed amongst the world’s best.
Young guns Tom Montgomery and Jake Smith added more international medals to their budding careers after making their capped Australian debut earlier in the year.
Focus for the ALT Pool Rescue athletes will now shift to The Netherlands where they will compete at the Orange Cup over 2-3 December.
ALT ocean and beach athletes will also prepare to hit the beach in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand for the DHL International Surf Rescue Challenge.
Eight nations will make the journey to New Zealand where Australia will look to retain their Open and Youth crowns in the three-test series, beginning Thursday 30th November.
To see the full list of results and medal winners at the 2017 German Cup, visit http://rescuesoft.info