2018 Nutri-Grain Ironman Series Champion Matt Bevilacqua (Kurrawa) and 2017 Nutri-Grain Series Champion Harriet Brown (BMD Northcliffe), have been selected as part of the 12-person Australian team to compete at the Life Saving World Championships 2018 (LWC2018.)
Also named in the line-up are 2018 Australian Ironman Champion Kendrick Louis (Manly) and 2-time 2018 Aussies Gold Medallist Georgia Miller (Newport).
Speaking about her selection Iron Woman Harriet Brown said she was thrilled to be given a place on the Australian team which is considered the highest honour in the sport of Life Saving.
“The 2018 team is made up not only amazing athletes but also wonderful people and I am really looking forward to working alongside them all in the lead up to this year’s World Championships in Adelaide,“ Brown said.
In the pool current World Record holders Matt Davis (Currumbin) and Prue Davies (Currumbin/Queensland RLS) will head group of young talent keen to continue an impressive run of individual and team results from the 2017 Pool Rescue season.
Sam Bell (Maroochydore/Queensland RLS) will take part in his 3rd World Championships while Jake Smith (Trigg Island/ Western Australia RLS) will be making his World Championships debut.
Chelsea Gillett (Maroochydore) and Mariah Jones (Tweed Heads & Coolangatta/Queensland RLS) both earnt their spot in the team following a string of impressive performances throughout the 2017 season, including solid outings at Swimming Australia Trials for the Commonwealth Games earlier in the year.
2018 Stallwell gift winner Elizabeth Forsyth has been selected to make her capped Australian Life Saving Team debut.
Forsyth was the first woman to take out the Open Female Flags and Sprint double at this year’s Australian Surf Life Saving Championship.
West Australian Jackson Symonds, who took out his fourth Australian Sprint Gold Medal in the last five years will join Forsyth on the sand.
Speaking about the selection process and the newly appointed team, National Coach Kurt Wilson said he was looking forward to working with the group in the lead up to the World Championships.
“It has been a been a very tough selection process with such depth and talent across the squad, which is a good problem to have.
“I look forward to working with the team across a comprehensive build up over the next six months with the intention of reclaiming the title of World Champions in Adelaide.” Wilson said.
The Australian team will travel to Japan in June for the Sanyo Bussan Cup hosted in Fukuoka at Momochi Beach as well as competing in a modified format of German Cup in Warendorf, Germany, in September.
The team will participate in team camps in June and October to prepare for the Life Saving World Championships from the 16th to the 2nd of December in Adelaide.
2018 will mark the 81st year of the Australian Life Saving Team since its inception to participate in international competition in 1937 which has seen 466 athletes represent their country to date.