It’s been a memorable day for some of Australia’s best surf lifesaving athletes, named on the 2016 Australian Olympic Team.
SLSA members Daniel Bowker, Jordan Wood, Jacob Clear, Riley Fitzsimmons, Murray Stewart, Lachlan Tame and Ken Wallace were named across the K4, K2 and K1 1000m events to compete in Rio.
North Cottesloe SLSC athlete Stephen Bird has made his second Olympic Team. After placing sixth in the K2 four years ago at the London Games he will paddle in the K1.
It will be the first Olympics for Avoca Beach SLSC club mates Tame and Fitzsimmons, who teamed up to win a national championship at last year’s Aussies.
Fitzsimmons received the Most Inspirational Performance award at The Aussies 2015 while Tame was inducted into the SLSA Hall of Fame at last year’s National Awards of Excellence.
“I was contacted by some competitors from overseas who said ‘congratulations you’ve just made the hardest Olympic Games team in the world’,” Tame said.
Sunshine Coast clubbies Alyssa Bull and Alyce Burnett will make their Olympic debuts in the K2 500m event.
“Being on the Olympic Team definitely hasn’t sunk in yet but with the announcement today Rio is starting to feel closer,” Burnett said.
“Alyssa and I are great friends and we have made training fun while working really hard. We train out of the same base as the boys and it is great to be around that winning culture.”
“It’s exciting and a big relief,” Bowker said. “It’s been eight plus years of work that has led to this. I moved interstate back in 2013 to be surrounded by the best squad in Australia and try to get Olympic selection.
Congratulations from the entire Surf Life Saving community.