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Nearly 250 athletes from 25 surf life saving clubs across the state will tussle for top honours at the NSW Pool Rescue Championships at Woy Woy Peninsula Leisure Centre on the Central Coast this weekend.

Making its return to the Surf Life Saving NSW surf sports calendar after a two-year COVID-19-forced hiatus, and still one of the organisation’s newest events, the Pool Rescue Championships offers a platform for the state’s best surf swimmers to test their technical skills in a unique setting.

Events are based around speed and the ability to use that speed in a rescue, with obstacles and weighted items in place of real-life patients.

The 200m Super Lifesaver will feature as a premier event of the weekend, consisting of a 75m freestyle swim to recover a submerged manikin, followed by a 50m freestyle to secure a manikin with a rescue tube towed to the finish line. It will close out the Open competition on Sunday afternoon.

There will also be plenty of action when the Youth category hits the water on Friday and Saturday, with the laughter and excitement of our future lifesavers from U11s to U15s sure to echo through the centre.

“It’s a sentence I find I’m saying a lot this year but it’s the truth, it’s just great to be back competing in regular surf sports events,” Surf Life Saving NSW Director of Surf Sports, Don van Keimpema said.

“The Pool Rescue Championships is a really unique event – it’s not like anything else on our calendar and it allows athletes and competitors to really focus on the skills required to save a life.

“It’s not necessarily about being the fastest swimmer or the most athletic competitor, I think that’s what makes it such an interesting event.”

The Doyle and Maggs families lead a strong Newport SLSC contingent, with Emily, Katelynn, Kimberley and Anthony (Doyle) joining Noah and Sadie (Maggs) in the pool. Meanwhile, North Curl Curl’s Zara Kasprowicz and Dominique Melbourn will be looking to follow up impressive State Championships showings with podium finishes.

Reigning NSW Junior Lifesaver of the Year Briella Gyler-Dial heads up the Hunter contingent looking to travel down the coast and secure a slew of medals. The Caves Beach SLSC member will be supported by Cooks Hill brothers Charlie and Alex Walker and a stacked Redhead SLSC team.

Local hopes include big squads from Shelly Beach, Terrigal and Umina – a traditionally strong pool rescue club – while Warilla Barrack Point and Broulee Surfers in the south won’t be making the trip just to make up the numbers.

“We’re really pleased with the turnout we are expecting in Woy Woy at the weekend,” Don continued.

“I don’t know what I’m looking forward to more – seeing the state’s best lifesavers hitting the water on Sunday in the leadup to the Super Lifesaver or watching the future of the sport on Friday and Saturday when the Youth events are on.

“It’s so important in the off-season to be keeping active and working on our skills. The Pool Rescue Championships provides an excellent platform for volunteers to practice their skills in a competitive environment that we find brings out the best in everyone.”

NSW Pool Rescue coaches will also have a watchful eye on the athletes this weekend ahead of naming the NSW Team.

The 2022 NSW Pool Rescue Championships will take place from 22-24 July at Woy Woy Peninsula Leisure Centre (243 Blackwall Rd Woy Woy).


Line Throw – 12.5 metres

Line Throw 10 metres

200m Obstacle Race

100m Obstacle Race

50m Obstacle Race

4x50m Obstacle Relay

50m Manikin Carry

50m Brick Carry

4x25m Brick Relay

4x25m Manikin Relay

100m Manikin Tow with Fins

100m Manikin Carry with Fins

100m Rescue Medley

4x50m Medley Relay

50m Freestyle with Fins

200m Super Lifesaver


Avoca Beach SLSC


Broulee Surfers SLSC

Bulli SLSC

Caves Beach SLSC

Cooks Hill SLSC

Currumbin Beach Vikings

Engadine Royal LSC

Newport SLSC

North Cronulla SLSC

North Curl Curl SLSC

North Wollongong SLSC

Ocean Beach SLSC

Queenscliff SLSC

Redhead SLSC

Shellharbour SLSC

Shelly Beach SLSC

South Curl Curl SLSC

South Maroubra SLSC

Swansea Belmont SLSC

Terrigal SLSC

Towradgi SLSC

Umina SLSC

Wanda SLSC

Warilla Barrack Point SLSC

Full event info here.

Wednesday 20 July 2022