Over 409 surf sports athletes from 57 clubs around Australia and New Zealand will converge at the South Australia Aquatic and Leisure Centre this coming weekend for Surf Life Saving Australia’s Australian Pool Rescue Championships 2012.
2012 marks a new record in participation numbers with 100 more entrants this year than in 2011’s competition.
Athletes will go head to head in the pool over two days of competition, all hoping to claim the club title of 2012 Pool Rescue Champions
In the Pool Rescue Championships, competitors’ skills will be tested with events including manikin tows, obstacle swims and tube swims carrying ‘patients’.
For the first time in the competition’s history, this year, new age categories have been added to the line up.
Organisers have introduced an Under 12’s, Under 13’s and Under 14’s competition to encourage participation in pool rescue completion and develop pool-specific skills amongst the younger members.
Dave Thompson, General Manager of Sport at Surf Life Saving Australia is pleased to see that interest is growing in the pool rescue events amongst young and old members.
“It’s great to see that there’s such a growing interest in pool rescue.”
“Now days, it is very important for athletes to have pool rescue skills – as well as surf skills – among their credentials for consideration to be selected for Australian teams across elite surf sports.
“Pool tournaments also encourage athletes who may feel uncomfortable in the ocean to get involved in the lifesaving movement.”
The 2012 Australian Pool Rescue Championships runs from Friday August 17 – Sunday August 19 at the South Australia Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Adelaide.
For more information, visit sls.com.au/poolrescue