Australian Life Saving Team High Performance and Pathways Squads Announced
The Australian Life Saving Team have named a High Performance Squad of 30 and a Pathways Squad of 34 to lead Australia to victory at Life Saving World Championships 2020 (LWC2020).
Following a victorious Lifesaving World Championships 2018 Campaign the Australian Life Saving Team (ALT) welcome back all twelve World Championship team members as part of the LWC2020 High Performance Squad. World Record holders Prue Davies (Currumbin/Royal Life Saving QLD) & Matt Davis (Currumbin) will again lead the way in the pool following gold medal performances across 2018 National Teams and Interclub Competition.
BMD Northcliffe star Georgia Miller will once again feature prominently for the ALT after an astounding 2018/19 summer. Miller was able to dominate the LWC2018 program in addition to becoming only the second person in surf sports history to take out the triple crown as Coolangatta Gold, Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series and Australian Ironwoman Champion all in one season.
Miller will be joined by BMD Northcliffe teammate and ALT Captain in Harriet Brown, who continues along the road to recovery following an unfortunate foot injury during National Teams competition at last years World Championships.
The nation’s best Ironmen will again feature throughout the 2020 campaign with Lifesaving World Championship Gold Medallists Matt Bevilacqua (Kurrawa) and Kendrick Louis (Manly) once again joined by standouts in 2019 Nutri-Grain Ironman Series Champion in Alastair Day (Surfers Paradise) and 2019 Australian Ironman Champion Max Brooks (Newport) among others.
On the sand, five-time Open Male Beach Sprint Champion Jackson Symonds (Sorrento, WA) and back-to-back Open Female Beach Flag Champion Elizabeth Forsyth (Currumbin) will again lead from the front in a very competitive grouping of beach athletes from across the country.
Head Coach Kurt Wilson expressed his delight with the amount of talent and athletes returning to the squad. “With the athletes returning, not only those from last year’s World Championship team but the wider squad we couldn’t be in a better position moving forward. To have such a strong level of continuity throughout each discipline will only make us stronger moving forward.”
“We have been able to maintain a really strong group dynamic and culture set across the squad while hitting the majority of our key performance targets across the last campaign. The next two years will be really exciting for the program because there is plenty of growing left to do amongst us as a squad.”
The Australian Life Saving Team will introduce a Pathways Squad featuring the best up and coming talent from across the country who have the potential to represent their country at future World Championship events in 2022 and beyond.
Wilson said “Our aim is to streamline the pathway and understanding for future athletes to make a World Championship team along with provide the opportunity to attend international events such as Sanyo Bussan Cup to further their development. As a coaching staff we will continue adding athletes to this Pathways Squad should their results throughout the coming season warrant selection.”
Pinnacle events for the ALT in 2019 include International Surf Rescue for surf and beach athletes which takes from 28th September – 2nd October in Durban, South Africa. Pool Rescue athletes will look to defend their German Cup and Orange Cup titles across two weekends in November. Both teams will be announced later in the year.
The Australian Life Saving Team will announce a Pathways Team of ten athletes to compete at Sanyo Bussan Cup next week which will be held over 22nd-23rd June at Momochi Beach, Japan.
Team Coaches & Management:
Head Coach – Kurt Wilson
Assistant Coach – Andrew Bowden
Assistant Coach – Shannon Eckstein
Assistant Coach – Brett Robinson
Team Manager – John Brennan
Medical Advisor – Nick Marshall