NSW Pool Rescue Champs Fought and Won

Event favourite Terrigal SLSC has convincingly taken out the NSW Pool Rescue Championships over the weekend at Peninsula Leisure Centre, Woy Woy.

Competitors from 24 clubs battled it out in the pool competing in events such as obstacle swims, manikin carries, line throws, medley relays and simulated emergency response competition.

With the largest team in the competition, Terrigal dominated the Championships once again with strong performances from the likes of Keelan Bridge, Rachelle King, Tim Schofield, Tom Simpson, sisters Alessandra and Elyssia Gasparotto, Corey Fletcher, Savannah Wheeler, Lucy Hayes and Paul Lemmon.

Athletes from Wanda were forced to settle for second place, with solid performances by Jessica Lauricella, Taylar Puskaric, Jay Furniss and Blake McCrindle.

Alex Clarke, Dane Farrell, Jed Boxall and Sam and Chris King ensured Elouera made their mark with the Club finishing in third place overall.

Sisters Kiah and Mali Taylor helped put Bulli SLSC on the map with their multiple victories. Other notable Bulli performances included Abbey Dawson, Luca Sullivan and Dale Dawson.

Competitors from the Far North Coast again proved that they are moving up the ranks with impressive performances from Byron Bay and Cudgen Headland. Josh Brown and Ela Heiniger, the only competitors from Byron Bay, continue to be forces to be reckoned with after both securing multiple Golds.

Local Central Coast Club Umina was a surprise, finishing impressively in fourth position after strong performances from Claire Gaffney, Rachel Wood, Jemma Smith, Jasmine Darwin and Bronte Smith.

Surf Life Saving NSW, Head Coach, Jeff Mowbray was hugely impressed with the growth of the event.

“It was so great to see the development of this event and so many younger kids competing. Pool Rescue gives athletes who prefer swimming over other disciplines a greater opportunity to participate in Surf Life Saving competition.

“Pool Rescue events allows for necessary skills and experience required for rescues and towing patients. Athletes develop strength and confidence which they can then take with them to the beach and use during real life rescue situations,” said Mowbray.

“Eighty-five percent of representative teams now have a pool component which is great for the sport,” he added.

Athletes competed not only for their clubs and victory on the day but looked to lock in competitive times for the upcoming Australian and World Championships later in the year.

Athletes under 18 years of age also have the chance to be selected to travel to New Zealand as part of a NSW Development Team for the National Championships in October. The squad will be announced later this week.

Surf Life Saving NSW, Surf Sports Manager, Dan Pearce, says that the level of performance in pool rescue competition continues to grow.

“The Pool Rescue Championships is a unique event that showcases our lifesavers all-round abilities. Clubs and Branch are now getting right behind the discipline as it continues to grow with many NSW athletes now pushing for State and Australian Team selection.

“It was great to see the varying levels of ability at our Championships working together and sharing ideas and skills. We had athletes from the recently selected Australian Rescue 2014 Squad honing their technique for the upcoming World Championships and Representative Team tours. Many of the senior athletes were more than happy to share their knowledge with other competitors – from Opens all the way down to the U12 athletes competing in their first pool rescue competition,” said Pearce.

For further information and full results visit the event page.

Overall Club Pointscore:

  1. Terrigal 487.5
  2. Wanda 227
  3. Elouera 184.5
  4. Umina 126
  5. Cronulla 112.5
  6. Manly 111.5
  7. Bulli 111
  8. North Cronulla 101
  9. Shelly Beach 97
  10. Avoca Beach 91
  11. Redhead 87
  12. Byron Bay 70
  13. Queenscliff 40.5
  14. Caves Beach 31
  15. Bronte 27
  16. Bondi Surf Bathers 24
  17. Cudgen Headland 15
  18. Forster 12
  19. North Steyne 11
  20. Newport 8
  21. Catherine Hill Bay 7
  22. Warilla Barrack Point 7
  23. Swansea Belmont 3

Mon 29 Jul 2013