Over 300 competitors and officials from around the country plunged into Sydney for the 2019 Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships.
In celebration of the 125th anniversary of Royal Life Saving, the 2019 Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships was held at Pymble Ladies College.
The New South Wales State Team claimed the Interstate Overall Championship for the third year in a row, this year taking out the prize on home ground.
TJ Chong Sue from WA was awarded male lifesaver of the meet for the second year in a row. Anthea Warne from QLD was awarded female lifesaver of the meet for the first time.
Anthea said wasn’t expecting to race as well as she did.
“I exceeded my own expectations and won Age Champion for the U19s age group, and then was further honoured by receiving the Female Lifesaver of the meet award, which was surreal.”
“The thing I love most about the Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships are the friendships you forge during the competitions with the athletes you race against. It’s a close knit community [lifesaving], and despite the healthy competitive nature of the titles, there is still so much room for good-natured banter,” said Anthea.
Laerdal proudly sponsor the CPR competition which had strong performances this year with medallists scoring over 95% in each age group. Victoria State Team were awarded the Laerdal Overall CPR Trophy and Tasmania were recognised for their outstanding efforts with an encouragement award Little Anne QCPR manikin.
The Port Hacking Lifeguards team of Mariah Jones, Scott Fisher, Marina Macartney, and Sam Bell achieved an amazing feat winning the Douglas R.Plaister Trophy in Open Simulated Emergency Rescue Competition with only three competitors after Sam Bell had to depart the event early due to work commitments.
Caitlin Turner, Project Officer – Lifesaving Sport and Development said the competitors showed an outstanding level of athleticism.
“Coming off the back of the World Lifesaving Championships, many of the athletes only had a short break before getting back into training for the Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships. We saw many athletes achieve personal bests and even world records (unofficial).”
“There were a number of new athletes competing in the Championships for the first time. It’s fantastic to watch the sport grow and to see the comradery between the competitors. Many of the experienced athletes support and mentor the younger athletes acting as true role models,” said Caitlin.
Sandra Madeley was awarded Official of the Meet for her proactive and friendly approach as event marshall. Sandra effectively managed the competitors ahead of their events, was adaptable under pressure, and supported the other officials, all while working outside in the 30+ degree heat and always with a smile on her face.
Caitlin continues, “The dedication of the officials is incredible. They volunteer their time to support the event and are so passionate about lifesaving sport. We couldn’t do it without them.”
The Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships see lifesavers compete in events including the Manikin Carry, Manikin Tow, Line Throw, Obstacle Swim and the Simulated Emergency Response Competition (SERC) – a timed event where lifesavers are tested on their initiative, judgement, knowledge and skills.
The 2020 Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships will be held in Perth. Stay tuned for more details.