Royal Life Saving Australia Team announced for Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving

Commonwealth Festival Team Announcement

Sixteen talented athletes have been named on the Royal Life Saving Society – Australia (RLSSA) Team to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving in Leeds, UK from the 21st to 23rd November 2019. The Australian contingent will compete as part of the National and Development Teams’ competition in the Commonwealth Championships, and individually as part of the Lifesaving Challenge.

The Australian team will be led by former Aussie Barras and current LSV State Coach, James Evans, and Royal Life Saving Society – WA State Team Manager, Jen Jones, as Coach and Team Manager, respectively.

The Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving comprises the Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships and an individual Lifesaving Challenge, encouraging participation and development for both amateur and experienced competitors from Commonwealth nations. The National and Development Championships program includes traditional speed events including the Manikin Tow, Manikin Carry and Super Lifesaver. The Lifesaving Challenge events will include line throw, obstacles and individual Simulated Emergency Response Competition (SERC), testing an individual’s response to a simulated aquatic emergency.

The Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving is a key event for emerging pool lifesaving athletes to hone their skills and experience international competition, and for many athletes as a development pathway to the Australian Lifesaving Team, the pinnacle of lifesaving sport in Australia.

“We have many first timers on the RLSSA Team this year and I’m expecting some great racing and results from a group of young and motivated athletes. The Festival is a key development event for these athletes, giving them at taste of what it is like to represent their country and compete on the world stage,” says James Evans.

“While success at the competition is one of our goals, I’m really looking forward to seeing the athletes learn and grow as individuals and in confidence, and how they work together and support each other as a team throughout the tour.”

Twelve out of the 20 Royal Life Saving athletes were selected for the Australian Lifesaving Team Youth and Pathway squads earlier this year, including Lifesavers of the Meet at the 2019 Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships, TJ Chong Sue, of West Life Saving, and Anthea Warne, of the Queensland Lifeguard League.

“I toured with the RLSSA’s Development Team to the 2017 Championships in South Africa, as the youngest team member. I made so many new friends, and learnt so much from the more experienced athletes on my team. We ran a lifesaving skills clinic for some of the developing lifesaving nations, which was really rewarding and a lot of fun. This will be my very first Australian Open team, and I am very excited to don the green and gold cap in November,” says Anthea.

First-time National representative, TJ Chong Sue said “I’m most looking forward to the experience of competing against different nations and seeing how they prepare themselves. Also I’m very keen to hopefully make new friends with other RLSSA and international competitors. I’m hoping to achieve a few PBs at the Festival, as well as gaining more experience towards my long-term goal of making an open lifesaving team.”

Several Royal Life Saving officials will be assisting at the Festival including current Australian Pool Life Saving Chief Referee, Joanne Teagle as Commonwealth Championships Deputy Referee and previous Commonwealth Championship Chief Referee, Roz Grey OAM, as Officials mentor.

The RLSSA Team will depart Australia on the 17th of November, followinga pool lifesaving development camp with the Australian Lifesaving Team in October at the BLK Performance Centre in Runaway Bay, Queensland. The RLSSA Team will be looking to defend the National and Development Team Championship titles from the 2017 Festival in Durban.

RLSSA Team Management

Coach: James Evans (Mordialloc LSC)
Team Manager: Jennifer Jones (West LSC)
Assistant Coach: Andrew Ridley (West LSC)
Assistant Team Manager: TBC


TeamFirst NameSurnameState/TerritoryRoyal Life Saving Club
National Steven Coombes QLD Queensland Lifeguard League
National James Petropoulos LSV Mordialloc
National Bailey Proud NSW The Hills
National Jack Curran NSW The Hills
National Anthea Warne QLD Queensland Lifeguard League
National Summer Short QLD Queensland Lifeguard League
National Holly Holmesby NSW Engadine
National Jessica Oates QLD Queensland Lifeguard League
Development TJ Chong Sue WA West Life Saving
Development Joseph Warne QLD Queensland Lifeguard League
Development Kurt Lorme QLD Queensland Lifeguard League
Development Harrison Hynes WA West Life Saving
Development Kaylah Holmes NSW The Hills
Development Emily Doyle NSW The Hills
Development Chantal Luxton NSW Engadine
Development Leah Jones NSW Port Hacking
Reserve Joel Piper NSW The Hills
Reserve Thomas Frisby LSV Williamstown
Reserve Chalise Pratt WA West Life Saving
Reserve Rose Bentley LSV Mornington

RLSSA Officials

Joanne Teagle (LSV) – Deputy Referee, Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships
Rozlynn Grey OAM (RLSNSW) – Officials Mentor
Anni Gardiner (LSV) – RLSS Event Coordinator
Mary Veal (LSV) – Deputy Referee – Dry SERC, Commonwealth Lifesaving Challenge
Barbara Morgan OAM (LSV)
Jim Morgan (LSV)
Geoff Grey (RLSNSW)