The Australian Life Saving Team (ALT) has named the 14-athlete squad that will represent Australia at the DHL International Surf Rescue Challenge 2017 in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.
2017 Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Finals Series winners Harriet Brown (BMD Northcliffe) and Matt Poole (Kurrawa) will return to the squad, along with a number of their fellow series regulars including Ali Day (Surfers Paradise), Kendrick Louis (Manly), Matt Bevilacqua (Kurrawa), Hayden White (Currumbin), and Lizzie Welborn (North Bondi).
Regulars Jordan Mercer (Noosa Heads) and Georgia Miller (Newport) will also join the team as they look to continue their dominance on the world stage following a successful run at the 2016 World Championships.
2016 Life Saving World Championship star Jake Lynch (Newport) will lead the team on the sand, with club teammate and current Australian Open Male Flags Champion Blake Drysdale (Newport). They will be joined on the beach by rising stars Bree Masters and Nicole Kay (Kurrawa).
Australian Life Saving Team Head Coach Kurt Wilson said the squad will look to emulate strong performances of years past.
“Australia have a strong history at International Surf Rescue Challenge, and we are looking to replicate the form and standards that have been set throughout the year by our pool athletes,” he said.
“We will be tested by a strong New Zealand team across all disciplines, and it will be a great opportunity for our beach and ocean athletes to build a strong platform and continue building toward the Life Saving World Championships.”
It may be the off season but there is no off switch for these busy athletes, with strong results in recent weeks.
Jemma Smith (Umina) recently returned home from a successful debut season in kayaking, with a 5th place at recent U18 World Championships.
Harriet Brown and Matt Bevilacqua were also victorious in their off-seasons, taking out the Molokai 2 Oahu Paddle amongst a very strong contingent.
The DHL International Surf Rescue Challenge will feature three tests held on the 30th of November and 2nd-3rd of December 2017 in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.
DHL International Surf Rescue Challenge 2017 Team
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