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Surf Life Saving NSW is pleased to announce the 2019 Interstate Pool Rescue Team. NSW athletes will travel to Queensland in August for the annual representative competition.

A team of 23 highly talented athletes was announced this week with the recent State Championships in Woy Woy on the Central Coast providing plenty of talent for the selectors to choose from.

The Australian Pool Rescue Championships will be held 9-11 August 2019 at Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Southport QLD.

The Surf Life Saving NSW Pool Rescue Championships brought together a record 450 lifesavers on the weekend for the 11th year of competition. The State Championship event held at Woy Woy Peninsula Leisure Centre showcased the technical skills that are needed to execute a successful water rescue by our lifesavers.

The NSW Pool Rescue Interstate team chosen blends a mixture of youth and experience with the athletes rewarded for strong performances over a period of time.

NSW will field competitors in the Under 14 division through to the Open Divisions. After taking second-place last year, the selectors are confident that they have a team that will challenge the best Australia has to offer.

Shelly Beach will be well represented with three athletes including James Koch,Tom Simpson and Ethan Garland. James Koch took home a number of gold medals at the State Championships in Woy Woy including the Men’s Open Super Lifesaver with a time of 2 minutes 21 seconds.

Terrigal is again strongly represented with three competitors making the grade this year. Umina has been rewarded for their impressive campaigns, also fielding three athletes.

Emily Doyle from Newport has once again been selected and along with Amelia Wegenaar from North Curl Curl, will together fly the flag for the Northern Beaches branch.

“It was an incredibly difficult decision for the selectors with a number of NSW athletes performing very strongly this year at our State Champs”, said SLSNSW Sports Manager Rob Pidgeon.

“The spread of talent bodes well for the future of pool rescue in NSW. Selectors have chosen a team of top-notch athletes and one of the strongest teams NSW has fielded,” he said.

The NSW Interstate Pool Rescue Team will compete together on Friday afternoon for the relay events. Following this, competitors will race individually for both their State and Club with the final point score not known until the end of Sunday.

2019 SLSNSW Interstate Pool Rescue Team 

U14 Division

  • Chelsea Jones    Bulli

  • Katelynn Doyle      Newport

  • Charlie Walker    Terrigal

  • Mitch Morris         Newport 

U15 Division 

  • Holly Holmesby    Bulli

  • Lily O’Sullivan      Cudgen Headland

  • Joel Piper            Terrigal

  • Tom Rodham       Terrigal

U17 Division

  • Kaylah Holmes    Umina

  • Zara Sharman     Bulli

  • Blake Hessel        Umina

  • Lachlan Braddish Umina

U19 Division

  • Emily Doyle          Newport

  • Chantal Luxton    Cudgen Headland*

  • Bailey Proud           Redhead

  • Jack Curran            Redhead *  

OPEN Division

  • James Koch             Shelly Beach

  • Tom Simpson           Shelly Beach

  • Jacob Cerniauskas  Redhead   

  • Ethan Garland         Shelly Beach

  • Keeley Booth        Avoca Beach    

  • Emily Curran        Redhead

  • Amelia Wegenaar North Curl Curl

Team Management

  • Team Manager: Max Gonzalez, Bronte SLSC

  • Assistant Coach: Thomas Simpson, Shelly Beach

  • Lead Coach: Susan McCaughtrie, Brunswick

Please note * denotes Bronze of Origin Selection


Friday 19 July 2019