Strong NSW Contingent In Aussie Life Saving Team

The path to Rescue 2016 became a little clearer for 12 highly talented NSW athletes following confirmation of their selection in the Australian Life Saving Team to contest September’s World Championships.

NSW will provide half of the 24-strong-contingent that will travel to the Netherlands and compete in the Youth and Open divisions in what promises to be an exciting international competition.

Another strong domestic campaign which included her maiden appearance on the professional Ironwoman circuit earned Newport’s Georgia Miller selection as the state’s sole female representative in a very strong Open Women’s team.

She will be joined on the plane by Terrigal’s Tim Schofield who will have fond memories of competing at Rescue 2014 and beach sprint star Jake Lynch (Newport). Bradley Woodward (Catherine Hill Bay) will shoulder a heavy workload in the pool events, while Dane Farrell (Newport)has been rewarded for a stunning summer with his first Australian cap.

After an outstanding summer season that culminated in being named as Female Athlete of the Australian Championships last month Umina’s Jemma Smith will captain a strong female contingent in the Youth Team that includes club mate Rachel Wood, and rookie Nutri-Grain Iron Series competitor Lizzie Welborn (North Bondi).

It’s a special moment for the Umina pair of Wood and Smith who came through the ranks of the Central Coast club together and have been friends since the age of 6.

“It’s a fantastic achievement for both Rachel and Jemma and as a club we’re absolutely delighted for them,” said Umina SLSC President Paul Sharpe.

“They epitomise what it means to be a surf lifesaver and though they’re both incredibly talented athletes they give back to the club and their community through their efforts on patrol and support of the club.

“Their selection is confirmation for us that we’re on the right track with our new surf sport programs and will serve as an inspiration to our juniors that through hard work there can be a reward at the end.”

Australian U17 Ironman Champion Callum Griffiths-Lowe (Queenscliff) has been selected to captain a Male Youth Team that contains fellow NSW competitors Charlie Brooks and Isaac Smith both of Newport, and North Cronulla’s Ethan Garland.

Rescue 2016 takes place from September 1-18 in Eindhoven and Noordwijk, The Netherlands. The Australian Youth Squad will assemble for a training camp on the Gold Coast early next month, while the Open Team will shortly assemble in Sydney as the build-up to the Championships gains momentum.

SLSNSW congratulates all those athletes selected in the team

Australian Life Saving Team For Rescue 2016:

Open Women:

  • Jordan Mercer (Noosa SLSC)
  • Georgia Miller (Newport SLSC)
  • Melissa Cracroft-Wilson (Kurrawa SLSC)
  • Prue Davies (Currumbin SLSC/ Queensland RLSSA)
  • Pam Hendry (Maroochydore SLSC/ Queensland RLSSA)
  • Chelsea Gillett (Maroochydore SLSC/ Queensland RLSSA)

Open Men:

  • Dane Farrell (Newport SLSC)
  • Sam Bell (Maroochydore SLSC/ Queensland RLSSA)
  • Tim Schofield (Terrigal SLSC/ Hills LSC)
  • Matt Davis (Currumbin SLSC)
  • Bradley Woodward (Catherine Hill Bay SLSC/ The Hills LSC)
  • Jake Lynch (Newport SLSC)

Youth Women:

  • Jemma Smith (Umina SLSC/ Hills LSC) - Captain
  • Rachel Wood (Umina SLSC / Hills LSC)
  • Lizzie Welborn (North Bondi SLSC)
  • Nicole Kay (Kurrawa SLSC)
  • Rachel Eddy (Kurrawa SLSC)
  • Samantha Howe (Pt. Leo SLSC)

Youth Men:

  • Callum Lowe-Griffiths (Queenscliff SLSC / Hills LSC) – Captain
  • Charlie Brooks (Newport SLSC)
  • Issac Smith (Newport SLSC)
  • Toby Wilson (Northcliffe SLSC)
  • Ethan Garland (North Cronulla SLSC /Port Hacking Lifeguard Club)
  • Cody Rychvalsky (Maroochydore SLSC)

Photograph - Georgia Miller and Lizzie Welborn (Top) embrace after a tight finish at the 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships, while Umina's Jemma Smith is all focus (below). All three have been named in the Australian team which will travel to The Netherlands for Rescue 16.

Fri 20 May 2016