Updated: Mar 1, 2019

Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) and Royal Life Saving Society – Australia (RLSSA) are pleased to announce the appointment of the Head Coach, Youth Coach and Selection Panel for the Australian Lifesaving Team (ALT) moving into the 2020 Lifesaving World Championships Campaign.

Kurt Wilson continues in the head coach position after leading the Australian Team to a World Championship title in 2018, taking over top spot previously held by the New Zealand Black Fins since 2012.

New Zealand-born, Kurt Wilson was previously the Head Coach for the New Zealand Youth Team and Development Squad (2013-2014). He has held the position of Surf Sports Director at Currumbin Beach Vikings on the Gold Coast since 2014.

Kurt said he is thrilled to once again lead the Australian Life Saving Team.

“On the back of a highly successful LWC 2018 in Adelaide and the perfect culmination to a two year campaign, I’m hugely excited by my re-appointment as Head Coach of the Australian Life Saving Team for the upcoming World Championships 2020 Campaign and I’m honoured to have the opportunity to continue to work with such a high performing group of people both on and off the water.”

I look forward to the continued growth and development of the ALT with the primary goal to once again take out overall victory in Italy at LWC2020. Leveraging the championships result last November we will be working hard with all the athletes and wider management team to ensure the long term success of the Australian Life Saving Team,” said Kurt Wilson.

Queensland based, Craig Holden steps up as Australian Youth Life Saving Team Coach from his role as Assistant Coach for the Australian Youth Life Saving Team over the past three World Championship campaigns.

Craig has been an active volunteer member of Elliott Heads SLSC for 39 years after joining as a nipper at 5 years old. Craig’s accolades include QLD Surf Lifesaver of the Year, QLD Amateur Coach of the Year, and QLD Coach of the Year.

Craig said he’s excited to guide the athletes of the Australian Youth Life Saving Team as coach.

“We have some really strong athlete’s coming through the youth squad, and I look forward to seeing what talent emerges this campaign. I’ve got my sights set on winning back the Youth World Championship after New Zealand claimed the title in Adelaide at the 2018 Life Saving World Championships,” said Craig Holden.

The Selection Panel will be chaired by Shayne Baker OAM with 12 time World Champion and former Australian Life Saving team athlete, Jenny Parry, and outgoing Australian Life Saving Team Manager Garry Mensforth. The selection panel combined have over 100 years of lifesaving experience.

Nominations for the Australian Life Saving Team and Australian Youth Life Saving Team Squads will open end of March.

Competitors will be vying for a position in the team for the 2020 Lifesaving World Championships with National Teams Competition held from the 23rd – 27th September, 2020 in Riccione, Italy.

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