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The Australian Life Saving Team is joint venture between Royal Life Saving Society - Australia and Surf Life Saving Australia to select athletes to represent Australia to compete at selected competitions throughout the year.

The Australian Life Saving team selectors have named 47 athletes to represent Australia over the next 18 months leading up to the Life Saving  World Championships 2018. The championships will be held in Adelaide from 17 November – 2 December 2018.

The squad will be anchored by 10 athletes who were a part of Australia’s World Championships 2016 team including Jordan Mercer (Noosa Heads) and Jake Lynch (Newport).

Current IronMan and IronWoman Finals Series champions Matt Poole (Kurrawa) and Harriet Brown (Northcliffe) will also join the squad.

Other notable athletes include Rio 2016 Olympic medalist Riley Fitzsimmons (kayak), 2017 Australian Pool Life Saving Championships Open Champion Brad Woodward, and 2017 Interstate Ironman champion Ben Carberry.

A fresh-faced coaching group will feature former New Zealand Youth Team head coach Kurt Wilson who will coach the team for the first time.

Six-time Australian Surf Life Saving Iron Man champion Shannon Eckstein will work beside Wilson as an assistant coach for the first time with Andrew Bowden (pool) and Martin Lynch (beach).

Wilson said the team’s focus will be on culture and creating a framework to develop over the next 18 months.

“We have a lot of depth and a really neat spread across several disciplines,” he said.

“From a squad perspective, we are stoked with the work we have done with the selectors and the names we chose. The back bone of the Australian team is the strong culture they’ve built over the last couple of campaigns. The spine of the team is always going to be the culture and how the team works and the dynamic of those athletes which creates the performance platform we are striving to."

The Australian Life Saving Team will kick off its Life Saving World Championships 2018 campaign when they travel to Wroclaw, Poland to compete at The World Games 2017.

The Australian Life Saving Team will send its strongest 10 Pool Rescue athletes to ‘The World Games’ in Wroclaw, Poland from 22-23 July 2017.

The 103rd Australian Life Saving Team will feature a mix of youth and international experience, with six returning members from Australia’s 2016 World Life Saving Championships team, and two rookies. The youth movement throughout the wider squad is clear with the average age of The World Games team under 21 years.

Australian Life Saving Team head coach Kurt Wilson said this will be an opportunity for the side to showcase their skills before the Life Saving World Championships 2018.

“This is an incredibly important tour for us leading up to Rescue 2018 next year,” he said.

“Any capped Australian Team is important, but the fact this will be our first outing in this Rescue cycle adds some extra significance.The World Games tour and the remainder of the Pool Rescue season will be major considerations when we look to name our squad for the World Championships early next year.”

Pamela Hendry will head the team following her role as Vice-Captain of Australia’s 2016 World Life Saving Championships Team where she came away with a gold and two silver medals.

Joining Hendry will be Bradley Woodward and Mariah Jones, who respectively took out the male and female individual championships at the Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships earlier this year.

Samantha Howe will join the team for the first time, after collecting three individual gold medals at last year’s World Youth Life Saving Championships.

The Australian Life Saving Team leaves for Poland Sunday 16 July.

Australian Life Saving Team Squad

First Name

Last Name

SLS Club

RLSSA Club

Sam

Bell

Maroochydore

Brisbane Lifesaving Squad

Matt

Bevilacqua

Kurrawa

Keelan

Bridge

Bronte

The Hills

Josh

Brown

Currumbin

Harriet

Brown

BMD Northcliffe

Alyssa

Bull

Alexandra Headland

Ben

Carberry

Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park

Daniel

Collins

Redhead

Luke

Cuff

Mermaid Beach

Prue

Davies

Currumbin

Queensland RLS

Matt

Davis

Currumbin

Ali

Day

Surfers Paradise

Blake

Drysdale

Newport

Maddy

Dunn

BMD Northcliffe

Rachel

Eddy

Kurrawa

Queensland RLS

Riley

Fitzsimmons

Avoca

Elizabeth

Forsyth

Currumbin

Ethan

Garland

North Cronulla

Port Hacking

Chelsea

Gillett

Maroochydore

Brisbane Lifesaving Squad

Kieran

Gordon

Currumbin

Nikolas

Green

BMD Northcliffe

Ngaire

Hadfield

Cronulla

Pamela

Hendry

Maroochydore

Brisbane Lifesaving Squad

Samantha

Howe

Point Leo

Victoria State Team

Mariah

Jones

Tweed Heads & Coolangatta

Queensland RLS

Nicole

Kay

Kurrawa

Alyssa

Koenan

BMD Northcliffe

Amy

Levings

BMD Northcliffe

Kendrick

Louis

Manly

Callum

Lowe-Griffiths

Queenscliff

Jake

Lynch

Newport

Bree

Masters

Kurrawa

Jordan

Mercer

Noosa Heads

Georgia

Miller

Newport

Hannah

Minogue

Newport

Tom

Montgomery

Currumbin

Thomas

Nolan

North Cottesloe

Matt

Poole

Kurrawa

Tim

Schofield

Terrigal

The Hills

Jemma

Smith

Umina

The Hills

Jake

Smith

Trigg Island

Western Australia RLS

Jackson

Symonds

Sorrento (WA)

Mitchell

Trim

Newport

Lizzie

Welborn

North Bondi

Hayden

White

Currumbin

Rachel

Wood

Umina

The Hills

Brad

Woodward

Shelly Beach

The Hills

Team Managers:

  • Coach – Kurt Wilson
  • Assistant Coach – Shannon Eckstein
  • Assistant Coach – Martin Lynch
  • Assistant Coach – Andrew Bowden
  • Team Manager – Garry Mensforth
  • Assistant Team Manager – Kristy Ellis
  • Medical Advisor – Nick Marshall