Surf Life Saving Australia cancels the 2021 National Pool Rescue Championships
After a lengthy consultation process with all state bodies, Surf Life Saving Australia has today made the decision to unfortunately cancel the 2021 National Pool Rescue Championships, as COVID-19 outbreaks and restrictions continue across several states and territories.
The National Pool Rescue Championships were scheduled to take place from the 3-5 December on the Gold Coast, Queensland at the Southport Aquatic Centre after being rescheduled twice from the original date of 6-8 August earlier this year.
Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding border closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, SLSA has come to the unfortunate decision primarily due to the inability of many competitors from various states to travel to the championships.
SLSA National Sport Manager Wayne Druery said that while it was disappointing to cancel the event for a second year in a row, there is too much uncertainty for a national championship to proceed given the current circumstances where many competitors are not able to contest the National Pool Rescue Championships.
“Unfortunately, we are currently in a position where there is little certainty around border restrictions between States, and there is an inability for many athletes to be able travel for the Australian Pool Rescue Champs that were set to be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland,” Druery said.
“It is difficult to conduct a national championship that doesn’t offer many of our competitors the same opportunity to compete, and it simply is not a national championship if only competitors from one or two states can contest the titles.
“We recognise that with the second consecutive cancellation of the National Pool Championships there are impacts on athletes and we will be working hard next year to re-engage our pool athletes after another unfortunate cancellation.”
For those athletes hoping to post times and gain selection for Australian Life Saving Team Squads in both the open and youth categories, further information will be released shortly around a nomination process to finalise these squads.
At this stage there are no changes to any other SLSA events, but SLSA continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation and should circumstances require any change or adjustment, it will be communicated accordingly.
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