Aussie Athletes Lead Charge in Surf Rescue Challenge

A new look 13-strong Australian Life Saving Team named for the International Surf Rescue Challenge in Japan in September includes seven of the best NSW competitors.

The three-Test series to be conducted at Onjuku Beach in Chiba from 19-22 September 2013, will feature Open and Under 20 teams from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the USA and host nation Japan.

It will be the first step for Australia towards re-capturing the prestigious World Championship trophy in France in 2014.

Star NSW athletes include:

  • This year’s runner-up in the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman Series Kendrick Louis now competing for Newport
  • Ironwoman and Olympian Naomi Flood
  • Sydney Northern Beaches beach sprint pair, duel world sprint and flags champion, Newport’s Jake Lynch and Collaroy’s World Championship and Aussies sprint and flags medallist Dean Scarff
  • Three-time Australian and World single ski champion and Australian kayak team member Lachlan Tame from Avoca
  • Surf, swim and Ironman star Tim Schofield
  • Terrigal’s NSW open surf belt champion Rachelle King

Head coach Danny Short said, “I am really excited about the calibre of this team. This is our first opportunity to compete against New Zealand since last year’s World Championships and I know we are all looking forward to the challenge.”

“The Australian team has been selected to win the International Surf Challenge but we also have an eye firmly fixed on next year’s world championships.

“Central to our strategy for 2014 is a change in culture, a culture built on respect, responsibility and as a team being the best we can possibly be," Short added.

The Under 20 Development team will also travel to Japan featuring NSW trio Isak Costello (Redhead), Ben Carberry (Warilla Barrack Point) and Elyssia Gasparotto (Terrigal).

Full team listings are available at Surf Life Saving Australia.

Thu 25 Jul 2013