Australian team all set for Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving 2019
The Royal Life Saving team representing Australia at the Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving has arrived in the UK to make its final preparations before the competition kicks off.
The Australian team, comprising 16 young athletes (pictured below), is looking to defend their Championship titles in the National and Development Team divisions of the Commonwealth Championships held across the first two days of the Festival, and as individuals in the final day’s Lifesaving Challenge. Both the Championship and Challenge include events that are designed to test the speed, endurance and skill of lifesavers in and out of the water.
The competition, which takes place from the 21st to 23rd November, will be held at the John Charles Centre for Sport, in Leeds, and has attracted competitors from Wales, Scotland, South Africa and Canada, as well as volunteers from across the world.
Long-time pool lifesaving athletes and Royal Life Saving representatives, James Petropoulos (VIC) and Anthea Warne (QLD), have been named as Team Captains (pictured right).
Previous QLD State Team Captain and Assistant Coach, Rosie Lennox, will reinforce the management group as Assistant Team Manager.
The competition starts on Thursday morning with the first day of Championship events, including the 50m and 100m Manikin Carry, and Manikin Relay.
The Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving provides a key development opportunity for emerging pool lifesaving athletes in Australia, with many team members setting their sights on Australian Life Saving Team selection leading into the 2022 Lifesaving World Championship campaign.
Meanwhile in Germany, Australian Life Saving Team High Performance athletes and Royal Life Saving graduates Sam Bell, Prue Davies, Mariah Jones and Jake Smith will tackle the German Cup, looking to match their success of 2018, when the team took home three gold, 11 silver and three bronze medals.
The RLSSA Team returns to Australia on the 28th of November before gearing up for the Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships in January at HBF Stadium, Perth.
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