NSW Announces Pool Rescue Team

The state’s best pool rescue swimmers have been selected to compete at the 2017 Interstate Pool Rescue Championships in Adelaide next month.

A strong team of 22 NSW athletes made up of experience and skill will don the blue as they attempt to win the title from northern rivals, Queensland.

After a highly successful NSW Pool Rescue Championships in early July, the selected surf lifesavers will be pushing harder than ever to continue their success on a national level.

The Interstate and National Pool Rescue Championships are one of the key qualifying events for the Australian Lifesaving Team who will compete at the World Championships in 2018, also in Adelaide.

A boost for the NSW side sees five selected athletes in the 2018 Australian Life Saving Squad including Ironman Daniel Collins (Redhead), Emily Doyle (Manly) and Ethan Garland (North Cronulla).

Branch of Origin has also given NSW an edge with Callum Lowe-Griffiths, Josh Brown and Ela Heiniger coming from their QLD surf clubs to compete for their home state.

Made up of athletes from U14 to Opens, they’ll compete on Friday 4 August at the South Australian Aquatic & Leisure Centre, Oaklands Park with the swimmers to switch to their club caps and compete in the Australian Pool Rescue Championships.

A major achievement for the 2018 Australian Youth Life Saving Team Assistant Coach and former Australian representative, Rachelle King (Terrigal) will see her compete as well as take on the role of Head Coach of the NSW team.

This role should come easy to the veteran as she played a pivotal part in Surf Life Saving NSW’s Pool Rescue Clinics which ran earlier in 2017.

Surf Life Saving NSW Development Officer Tim Piper believes this is the strongest NSW Pool team selected in recent years.

“Congratulations to the selected athletes, they thoroughly deserve their spot in the team,” Mr Piper said.

“The athletes have shown over recent times they’re the best in NSW and with a number of veterans in the team they should go very close to taking top spot.”

The Interstate Pool Rescue Championships begins on Friday 4 August with the Australian Championships to follow and continue over the weekend.

2017 NSW Pool Rescue Interstate Team

U14:

Joseph Warne - Cudgen Headland SLSC
Charlise Wheeler - Terrigal SLSC
Sam Cummins - Terrigal SLSC
Chloe Hoy - Terrigal SLSC

U15:

Zara Sharman - Bulli SLSC
Lachlan Braddish - Umina SLSC
Kaylah Holmes – Umina SLSC
Blake Hessel – Umina SLSC

U17:

Keeley Booth – Avoca Beach SLSC
Jack Curran - Redhead SLSC
Anthea Warne - Cudgen Headland SLSC
Nathan Clarke - Wanda SLSC

U19:

Rachel Wood - Umina SLSC
Ethan Garland - North Cronulla SLSC
Brittany Stoker - Wanda SLSC
Callum Lowe-Griffiths - Queenscliff (Bronze of Origin)

Open:

Daniel Collins - Redhead SLSC
Matthew Sperring – Elouera SLSC
Ela Heiniger - Byron Bay (Bronze of Origin)
Josh Brown – Byron Bay (Bronze of Origin)
Rachelle King - Terrigal SLSC
Emily Doyle - Manly LSC

Team Management:

Head Coach - Rachelle King (Terrigal SLSC)
Team Manager - Maxwell Serpa Gonzalez (Bronte SLSC)

Wed 19 Jul 2017