NSW Athletes Ready For 2013 Australian Pool Rescue Championships

430 Surf Life Saving (SLS) athletes from 47 clubs around Australia, and one from New Zealand, will converge at the Sleeman Sports Complex in Brisbane this coming weekend for Surf Life Saving Australia’s (SLSA) Australian Pool Rescue Championships (August 16-18).

A change from the beach landscape so common to surf sports, lifesaving’s pool competition is growing in popularity each year. 2013 marks a new record in participation numbers with almost 30 more entrants this year than in 2012’s competition.

A spokesperson from Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) said that the organisation is pleased to see that interest is growing in pool rescue events amongst members.

“It’s great to see that there’s such a growing interest in pool rescue.”

“Now days, it is very important for surf athletes to have pool rescue skills – as well as surf skills - among their credentials in order to be considered for selection in Australian elite surf sports teams.

“Pool tournaments also encourage athletes who may feel uncomfortable in the ocean to get involved in the lifesaving movement,” she said.

Twenty clubs from all over NSW will be battling it out in Brisbane including Wanda and Terrigal SLSC who both finished agonisingly short at the 2012 Aussie Pool Champs finishing 3rd and 4th respectively.

In the state’s north, Byron Bay, Cudgen Headland and Lennox Head-Alstonville will be attending with Forster representing the Lower North Coast.

Caves Beach, Redhead and Swansea Belmont are competing from the Hunter while the Central Coast will have four clubs (Avoca Beach, Shelly Beach, Terrigal and Umina).

Manly LSC and Queenscliff SLSC will be representing Sydney’s Northern Beaches while Bondi, Bronte, Cronulla, Elouera, North Cronulla and Wanda are the other Sydney clubs.

Bulli SLSC is the only club from the Illawarra.

Athletes will go head to head in the pool over the three days of competition, all hoping to claim title of 2013 Australian Pool Rescue Champions for their club.

In the Championships, competitors’ aquatic skills will be tested with events including manikin tows, obstacle swims and tube swims carrying ‘patients’.

In 2012, organisers introduced an Under 12’s, Under 13’s and Under 14’s competition to encourage participation in pool rescue and to develop pool-specific skills amongst the younger members. This will continue in 2013.

The 2013 Australian Pool Rescue Championship event runs from Friday August 16 – Sunday August 18 at the Sleeman Sports Complex in Brisbane, QLD.

For more information, visit sls.com.au/poolrescue.

Fri 16 Aug 2013