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The NSW Pool Rescue team will be looking to make a splash this weekend as the nation’s best swimmers land on the Gold Coast for the Australian Pool Rescue Championships.

Selected following their strong results a fortnight ago during the State Championships at the Peninsula Leisure Centre on the Central Coast, the NSW team will be looking to build on the momentum gathered and bring a slew of medals back home with them.

Nine different surf clubs will be represented across the team of 24, with no club boasting more than five swimmers.

Having posted Australian records the last time the Championships were held in 2019, North Curl Curl’s Dominique Melbourn and James Koch – formerly of Shelly Beach, now of Bondi Surf Bathers – will be ones to watch.

Meanwhile, with five Australian records to her name – posted in two stunning spurts in 2013 and 2017 – James’ clubmate, Dori Miller is sure to be tough to beat once again.

Gun competitors Blake Hessel, Zara Kasprowicz, Emily Maythers, Alex Walker and Brayden Woodford – the latter of which coming off an outstanding State Championships that saw him claim seven gold medals from seven events and post scary times in the 50m with Fin and Super Lifesaver – will have a chance to make a name for themselves on a national stage.

The 2022 Australian Pool Rescue Championships will be held at the Southport Aquatic Centre on Queensland’s Gold Coast from 5-7 August.

NSW Pool Rescue Team:

Olivia Clues North Curl Curl SLSC
Katelynn Doyle Newport SLSC
Emily Doyle Newport SLSC
Anthony Doyle Newport SLSC
Kimberley Doyle Newport SLSC
Ethan Garland Bondi Surf Bathers LSC
Kye Green Terrigal SLSC
Blake Hessel Shelly Beach SLSC
Samuel Higgs North Curl Curl SLSC
Luke Higgs North Curl Curl SLSC
Holly Holmesby Bulli SLSC
Chelsea Jones Bulli SLSC
Zara Kasprowicz North Curl Curl SLSC
James Koch Bondi Surf Bathers LSC
Noah Maggs Newport SLSC
Emily Maythers North Cronulla SLSC
Dominique Melbourn North Curl Curl SLSC
Dori Miller Bondi Surf Bathers LSC
Lily O’Sullivan Cudgen Headland SLSC
Tom Simpson Shelly Beach SLSC
Stephanie Staniforth Bulli SLSC
Alex Walker Cooks Hill SLSC
Brayden Woodford Bulli SLSC
Jack Baker Terrigal SLSC


Thursday 4 August 2022