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Australian Pool Life Saving Championships


The Australian Pool Life Saving Championships have been conducted in various forms since 1965. Originally held every two years, since 1987 they are now held annually and consist of 3 days of Pool Lifesaving competition with events combining an Under 14 and Senior (Under 16, Under 19, Open and Masters) Competition.

Representative teams are chosen yearly at the Australian Pool Life Saving Championships. These teams - called the 'Aussie Barra's' are named after the Barramundi fish - an aggressive fresh and saltwater fish found in Australian waters.

In addition to the Open Aussie Barras team; a Junior (Under 16) Aussie Barras team and Silver (Under 19) Aussie Barras Team are also selected to attend an annual Training Camp and various selected International Competitions throughout the year.

Expression of Interest - SERC Coordinator

The Royal Life Saving Society - Australia National Sport Committee is calling for Expressions of Interest from persons wishing to apply for the positions of SERC Coordinator for the 2018 and 2019 Australian Pool Life Saving Championships [APLSC].

For further details please click here.

Australian Pool Life Saving Championships
Wednesday 11th - Friday 13th January 2017

Key Officials for APLSC 2017
Chief Referee: Roz Grey
CPR Coordinator: Vaughan Jones
SERC Coordinator: Pam Stanley

Over 160 champion lifesavers from across Australia took part in what Robert Reid, National Sports Advisor, Royal Life Saving Society - Australia says was a tough competition amongst elite athletes.

The team from New South Wales took back their title from Queensland as the Interstate Overall Champions with Queensland a close second.

Robert Reid said, "This is a major event on our calendar every year. It's incredible seeing the skills of lifesavers across the country put to the test. With competitors ranging in age from 11 to 76, it shows that you’re never too young or old to learn how to save a life."

"Drowning is still a major issue for Australia, with 280 lives lost in 2015/2016. Inland waterways where lifesavers are often not present account for 27% of drowning deaths. This indicates how valuable their presence is."

Competitors at the Championships took part in potential real life rescue scenarios. This included the manikin carry, obstacle swim and the simulated emergency response competition. During this event lifesavers are tested on knowledge, skills and initiative.

The Australian Pool Life Saving Championships were held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre Wednesday 11th – Friday 13th January.

Results included:

  • Sir Percy Joske Trophy for the Overall Interstate Championships  - New South Wales
  • Interstate Men’s Overall Championship Trophy – New South Wales
  • Interstate Women’s Overall Championship Trophy – Queensland
  • Interstate Open Championship - Queensland
  • Female Lifesaver of the Year - Maria Jones - QLD
  • Male Lifesaver of the Year – Lachlan Braddish – New South Wales

For full event results from the Australian Pool Life Saving Championships 2017 please click here.

The Australian Barras Teams were also selected at the Championships with athletes listed below.

Under 16 Junior Barra’s

  • Lachlan Braddish, NSW
  • Sam Rudland, QLD
  • Trenton Johnson, VIC
  • Thomas Dale, VIC
  • Joseph Warne, QLD
  • Anthea Warne, QLD
  • Madison Howe, WA
  • Caitlin Huell, VIC
  • Bronte Smith, NSW
  • Kayla Holmes, NSW

Coach: James Evans VIC
Manager: Max Gonzales NSW

Under 19 Silver Barra’s

  • James Petropoulos, VIC
  • Ethan Garland, NSW
  • Brendon Smith, VIC
  • Jackson Chapman, QLD
  • Jemma Smith, NSW
  • Chantal Luxton, QLD
  • Rachel Wood, NSW
  • Madeline Thomson, WA

Coach: Blake McCrindle NSW
Manager: Cherry Bailey ACT

Aussie Barra’s

  • Bradley Woodward, NSW
  • Sam Bell, QLD
  • Jake Smith, WA
  • Tim Schofield, NSW
  • Mitch Parkes, NSW
  • Pamela Hendry, QLD
  • Mariah Jones, QLD
  • Samantha Howe, VIC
  • Prue Davies, QLD
  • Ela Heiniger, NSW

Coach: Rachelle King NSW
Manager: Ryan Chapman QLD