Pool Rescue Championships On The Starting Blocks

Surf athletes will turn their attention from the ocean to the pool this weekend (27-28 July) for the 2013 NSW Pool Rescue Championships at the Peninsula Leisure Centre, Woy Woy.

Competitors from 24 clubs will be battling it out not only for their clubs and victory on the day but athletes will also be looking to lock in competitive times for the upcoming Australian and World Championships later in the year.

Athletes under 18 years of age will also have the chance to be selected to travel to New Zealand as part of a NSW Development Team for that country’s national championships in October.

Once again perennial powerhouses Terrigal SLSC and Wanda SLSC are expected to have strong showings at Woy Woy.

NSW Coach Jeffery Mowbray explained that both clubs have a number of strong athletes.

“Terrigal will be hard to beat with Rachelle King, the Gasparotto sisters (Elyssia and Alessandra) and Tim Schofield all favoured to win events while Wanda SLSC will have John Woods and Taylar Puskaric to name a few.”

“But apart from the top two clubs these Championships are among the most open in years with a lot of different clubs in with a real chance to medal,” said Jeff Mowbray.

Byron Bay SLSC is expected to do well with Ela Heiniger and Josh Brown both strong contenders. The Collins siblings (Jessica and Daniel) and Isak Costello from Redhead SLSC should ensure that the Hunter will be a threat as well.

This year will also mark the second year that the Championships will feature Under 12s and Under 13s divisions.

“Getting that background experience from an earlier age is really good for the development of our young athletes. Those extra few years allow the kids to build upon their technique and familiarise themselves with all the different criteria for each event,” says Jeff Mowbray.

For more info on the 2013 Pool Rescue Championships click here.

Tue 23 Jul 2013