NSW Athletes Named in Worlds Line-up

NSW athletes feature prominently in the line-up for the Australian Life Saving Team to contest this year’s World Life Saving Championships, Rescue 2014, in France in September.

Olympian and Manly Surf Life Saving Club member, Naomi Flood is among four new faces included in a 12-strong Australian Life Saving Team.

The championships will run between September 13 and 26 at Montpellier and La Grande-Mott and will attract the world’s best lifesavers from over 100 countries.

Olympic kayaker Flood, a member of the successful Australian World Championship campaigns of 2008 and 2010, returns to the women’s team.

Flood spent the lead up to 2012 concentrating on her pursuits to make the Olympic kayak team but has continued to dominate the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships as the country’s dominant ski paddler - winning her fifth open single ski crown at Aussies this year.

Flood is joined by World beach sprint and beach flags champion Jake Lynch (Newport) and four-time Australian single ski champion and prospective Olympic kayaker Lachlan Tame (Avoca).

The inclusion of Flood and Tame comes after their dominant performances for Australia in the three Test International Surf Rescue Challenge and the Trans Tasman Surf Life Saving Championship wins at Onjuku Beach in Japan last September.

The pair are currently in Europe with the Australian Canoe Sprint Team preparing for the ICF Canoe World Cup Series which starts in Milan, Italy this weekend.

The Australian team will once again be led by five-time Australian Ironman champion and eight-time Nutri-Grain Ironman Series winner, Shannon Eckstein (Northcliffe), the world’s best Ironman. He will be supported in the ocean events by NSW Central Coast competitor Tim Schofield (Terrigal SLSC) a key member of the Australian team at last year’s German Cup – one of the major international Pool Lifesaving events in 2013.

Meanwhile rising Ironperson star Georgia Miller from Manly is one of a number of outstanding talents named in an exciting Australian Youth Team for Montpellier after her dominant performances at the NSW and Australian Championships.

Teaming up with Miller is Daniel Collins (Redhead), Brad Woodward (Shelly Beach), Byron Bay duo Ela Heiniger and Joshua Brown.

Surf Life Saving New South Wales would like to congratulate the following NSW based athletes and team management on their selection in the team.

The Australian Open Lifesaving Team, World Life Saving Championships, Rescue 2014, Montpellier-La Grande-Motte, France, September 13-26, 2014:

Male - Andrew Bowden (Bronte (SLSC), Jake Lynch (Newport SLSC), Tim Schofield (Terrigal SLSC), Lachlan Tame (Avoca Beach SLSC).

Female - Naomi Flood (Manly LSC)

Australian Youth Lifesaving Team, World Life Saving Championships, Rescue 2014, Montpellier-La Grande-Motte, France, September 13-26, 2014:

Male - Joshua Brown (Byron Bay SLSC), Daniel Collins (Redhead SLSC), Brad Woodward (Shelly Beach SLSC).

Female - Ela Heiniger (Byron Bay SLSC), Georgia Miller (Manly LSC). Team Management: Team Manager: Keith Caldwell (Bulli SLSC), Beach Coach: Martin Lynch (Newport SLSC)

Australian Youth Lifesaving Team Management: Team Manager: Garry Mensforth (Umina SLSC), Physiotherapy: Troy Eady (Byron Bay SLSC), Beach Coach: Martin Lynch (Newport SLSC).

View the official Surf Life Saving Australia announcement here.

Photo: Lachlan Tame and Naomi Flood in Japan / Hanson Media Group

Thu 1 May 2014