Pool Rescue Championships Set To Start

Surf athletes will turn their attention from the ocean to the pool this weekend (26-27 July) for the 2014 NSW Pool Rescue Championships at the Peninsula Leisure Centre, Woy Woy.

Up to 350 competitors from 23 surf 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.

This year the Australian Pool Rescue team will also be competing against NSW clubs as part of training for the World Championships in France.

A number of U18s athletes who have been selected to travel to New Zealand as part of a NSW Development Team for that country’s national championships in October will also feature over the weekend. This includes Abigail Pugh (North Cronulla), Indigo Verhoeven (Umina) and Emily Rosskelly (Warilla Barrack Point).

Once again perennial powerhouses and 2013 overall champions Terrigal SLSC as well as Wanda SLSC are expected to have strong showings at Woy Woy.

Surf Life Saving NSW Surf Sports Manager, Shane Knight, believes that this year’s championships look to be the most exciting in years.

“We’re really looking forward to the championships this year as there are so many intriguing battles to be played out.

“On one hand we have some of the traditionally strong clubs such as Terrigal and Wanda who will be fighting for overall supremacy while clubs like Umina and Bulli are continually improving. Throw in the Australian Pool Champs team and the young athletes who have just been selected to tour New Zealand and we have a whole range of fascinating match ups,” said Mr Knight.

This year will also mark the third 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 Shane Knight.

Results will be posted on the 2014 NSW Pool Rescue Championships event page.

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Wed 23 Jul 2014