Skip to main content
The state’s best pool rescue swimmers have been selected to compete at the 2017 Interstate Pool Rescue Championships in Adelaide next month.

A strong team of 21 NSW athletes made up of experience and skill will don the blue as they attempt to win the title from northern rivals, Queensland.

After a highly successful NSW Pool Rescue Championships in early July, the selected surf lifesavers will be pushing harder than ever to continue their success on a national level.

The Interstate and National Pool Rescue Championships are one of the key qualifying events for the Australian Lifesaving Team who will compete at the World Championships in 2018, also in Adelaide.

A boost for the NSW side sees five selected athletes in the 2018 Australian Life Saving Squad including Ironman Daniel Collins (Redhead), Emily Doyle (Manly) and Ethan Garland (North Cronulla).

Branch of Origin has also given NSW an edge with Callum Lowe-Griffiths, Josh Brown and Ela Heiniger coming from their QLD surf clubs to compete for their home state.

Made up of athletes from U14 to Opens, they’ll compete on Friday 4 August at the South Australian Aquatic & Leisure Centre, Oaklands Park with the swimmers to switch to their club caps and compete in the Australian Pool Rescue Championships.

A major achievement for the 2018 Australian Youth Life Saving Team Assistant Coach and former Australian representative, Rachelle King (Terrigal) will see her compete as well as take on the role of Head Coach of the NSW team.

This role should come easy to the veteran as she played a pivotal part in Surf Life Saving NSW’s Pool Rescue Clinics which ran earlier in 2017.

Surf Life Saving NSW Development Officer Tim Piper believes this is the strongest NSW Pool team selected in recent years.

“Congratulations to the selected athletes, they thoroughly deserve their spot in the team,” Mr Piper said.

“The athletes have shown over recent times they’re the best in NSW and with a number of veterans in the team they should go very close to taking top spot.”

The Interstate Pool Rescue Championships begins on Friday 4 August with the Australian Championships to follow and continue over the weekend.

2017 NSW Pool Rescue Interstate Team


Joseph Warne - Cudgen Headland SLSC

Charlise Wheeler - Terrigal SLSC

Sam Cummins - Terrigal SLSC

Chloe Hoy - Terrigal SLSC


Zara Sharman - Bulli SLSC

Lachlan Braddish - Umina SLSC

Kaylah Holmes – Umina SLSC

Blake Hessel – Umina SLSC


Keeley Booth – Avoca Beach SLSC

Jack Curran - Redhead SLSC

Anthea Warne - Cudgen Headland SLSC

Nathan Clarke - Wanda SLSC


Emily Doyle - Manly LSC

Ethan Garland - North Cronulla SLSC

Brittany Stoker - Wanda SLSC

Callum Lowe-Griffiths - Queenscliff (Bronze of Origin)


Daniel Collins - Redhead SLSC

Matthew Sperring – Elouera SLSC

Ela Heiniger - Byron Bay (Bronze of Origin)

Josh Brown – Byron Bay (Bronze of Origin)

Rachelle King - Terrigal SLSC

Team Management:

Head Coach - Rachelle King (Terrigal SLSC)


Wednesday 19 July 2017