Nutri-Grain Series winners Ali Day and Liz Pluimers feature in a star-studded Australian Life Saving Team to compete at the International Surf Rescue Challenge (ISRC) in Maroochydore.
Some of the biggest names in Surf Lifesaving have been included in the squad of 16 by the national selection panel, on behalf of Surf Life Saving Australia and Royal Life Saving Society Australia.
Female athlete of the recent Australian Championships Georgia Miller will be joined by fellow Nutri-Grain series athletes Jordan Mercer, Kendrick Louis and Matt Poole at the September event.
“It’s an honour to coach such a great team leading up to the three test series. The ISRC provides Australia with our first major international competition since the 2014 World Championships and an opportunity to go head to head with New Zealand” Australian Life Saving Team Head Coach Danny Short said.
New Zealand are the reigning world champions having won the point score at the 2014 World Championship, Rescue 2014 in France last year.
“There are a bunch of new faces in our ISRC team, with over half the team competing in Open for their first time. I expect they will use this opportunity to demonstrate why they should be part of our team for Rescue 2016,” Short said.
With team captain, Shannon Eckstein unavailable for the ISRC test series, Tim Schofield and Melissa Cracroft-Wilson (nee Howard) will step up as co-captains for the team.
“Tim and Mel are part of our athlete leadership group and are both experienced international athletes. Both are deserving of the honour and I am sure will lead our team from the front,” Short said.
The team will assemble in Maroochydore in mid-August for a final team training camp before ISRC.
Athletes selected for ISRC Open Team
Men: Ali Day, Kendrick Louis, Matt Poole, Matt Bevilaqua, Tim Schofield, Hayden White, Dean Scarff, Jackson Symonds
Women: Liz Pluimers, Jordan Mercer, Harriet Brown, Amy Nurthen, Georgia Miller, Miranda Bell, Mel Howard, Elly Graf
Athletes selected for ISRC Youth Team