Olympians Ready to Make Waves in Durban
Olympic Duo and 2019 Australian Ski Gold Medallists Aly Bull (Alexandra Headland) and Riley Fitzsimmons (Avoca Beach) have both been selected to make their Australian Life Saving Team debut at the International Surf Rescue Challenge Title in Durban, South Africa.
Following a dominant Aussies 2019 performance where Bull secured three gold medals and Fitzsimmons two, the pair will pull on the green and gold blazer and join their first Australian Life Saving Team.
Bull and Fitzsimmons will join a team that features six members of the victorious 2018 World Championships team including 2018 Triple Crown winner Georgia Miller (BMD Northcliffe). Miller’s fellow Nutri-Grain Iron Series stars Harriet Brown (BMD Northcliffe) and Kendrick Louis (Manly) will again feature in the Australian squad.
Prue Davies (Currumbin) will return from the 2018 World Championship team to handle surf swim and rescue tube events, as International Lifesaving moves towards a wider team structure focusing on specialist athletes.
Lizzie Welborn (North Bondi) returns for her second International Surf Rescue Challenge appearance and will be looking to build on a strong finish to the 2019 season following an illness that interrupted her last season.
Current Australian Ironman Champion Max Brooks (Newport), Ben Carberry (Currumbin) along with Open Water Swimming rising star Hayden Cotter (Maroochydore) will all make their capped Australian Life Saving Team debuts in South Africa after impressive consistent results across the 2019 season.
On the beach, the ALT will again be led by Australian, Interclub and World Champion Beach Flagger Elizabeth Forsyth (Currumbin) and five-time Australian Beach Sprint Champion Jackson Symonds (Sorrento). Joining them will be current back-to-back Australian Flag Champion Blake Drysdale (Newport) and 2019 Australian Female Beach Sprint Champion Bree Masters (Kurrawa).
Head Coach Kurt Wilson acknowledged the team will be in for a tough battle against rival nation New Zealand.
“We have a supremely talented and confident team heading to Durban and have every belief we will be victorious in South Africa,” Wilson said.
“The New Zealand team will be with us every step of the way and push our team to the absolute limits.
“We saw the same in 2017 where it was an absolute battle across the three tests and will be no different this time around.”
The Australian Life Saving Team will head to South Africa Wednesday 25 September, where the team will compete for the 2019 International Surf Rescue Challenge Trophy, 2019 Tri-Nations Trophy (NZ & South Africa), and the 2019 Trans-Tasman Challenge Trophy (NZ).