Entries Open for the 2021 Australian Pool Rescue Championships
The Surf Life Saving Australia Pool Rescue Championships return in 2021, following their cancellation in 2020 due to COVID-19. The National championships will be held Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Southport in Queensland between August 6-8 with entries now open.
Surf lifesavers from clubs around the country compete in Youth, Open and Masters categories over three action-packed days of racing, that will also include the “Interstate Championships”, which sees surf lifesavers compete and represent their state for national supremacy in the pool.
SLSA National Sport Manager Wayne Druery said that the Australian Pool Rescue Championships focus on the intricate nature of rescues and athletes compete in very technical events such as the Super Lifesaver, Manikin Carry and Pool Lifesaver relays.
“We’re looking forward to returning to the Gold Coast after two years to host this event at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre which is a fantastic venue for our Australia Pool Rescue Championships,” Druery said.
“The SLSA Pool Rescue Championships are an opportunity for our surf lifesavers to finesse their rescue skills and techniques, so that they are always rescue ready and can be applied in the surf.
“The races are very technical and require a lot of training to get them absolutely perfect, this then translates into their patrols where they will have the most up to date skills to be rescue ready.”
Queensland’s Currumbin SLSC are the reigning champions in the Open Club Championships from 2019 given the cancellation of last year’s event, while Tweed Heads &Coolangatta SLSC will look to retain their Masters Championship.