Sixty-five Australian records broken at the Australian Pool Rescue Championships
The weather may have been chilly outside but competition in the pool was on fire this weekend with an incredible sixty-five new Australian and four new world records set by the elite lifesavers competing at the Australian Pool Rescue Championships.
Highlights included women’s 60-64 manikin tow competitor Gay Bradley of Alex Heads who beat the existing world record time by almost seven seconds at a fast paced 1:29:52.
Men’s 15-16 Currumbin SLSC competitor Levi Ata arguably swam the race of the weekend with a new Australian record time of 17:14 in the 50 metre swim with fins and the second fastest time in the race; an outstanding feat from such a young competitor.
Veteran racers Stephen Fry of Northcliffe and Grant Simpson of West Beach had an outstanding competition weekend with world record races by both men, including a back to back 100m masters attempt which saw Simpson break the existing record only to have Fry top it with a new one in the next race. Fry ended the weekend with two new world records and Grant managed to break a new one in the 100 metre manikin with fins.
The highly esteemed interstate title was presented to Queensland ‘Cyclones’ with a whopping 440 points, closely followed by New South Wales at 421 and 366 points pushing West Australia into bronze. Fourth went to Victoria with 285 and wrapping up the state results were the South Australian team with 241.
Open club competition was dominated by Currumbin SLSC across the weekend. The Currumbin ‘Vikings’ finishing up with an unbeatable 581point tally, a jaw dropping 333 points ahead of second place. Marochydore SLSC took home the silver with 248 points, and 153 points saw the crew from Northcliffe SLSC come away with bronze.
Graham Ford, President of Surf Life Saving Australia said “It was great to see the growth of our young members in the pool this weekend, and to receive the newly returned Australian team back from their silver performance at The World Games”
“Congratulations to the state winners from Queensland and club champions from Currumbin SLSC ”
“A big thank-you on behalf of Surf Life Saving Australia to all of our hard working officials, state representatives, team managers and competitors for the passion, dedication and integrity that made this weekend a success” Graham added.
Four hundred competitors aged from 11 through to over 70 attended the competition this weekend at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre. Athletes raced across 220 events including the manikin carry, manikin tow, line throw, obstacle swim and the simulated emergency response competition, showcasing the incredible skill and dedication that ensures our members are rescue ready on the beach in season.