Point Leo lifesaver to represent Australia at World Games in Poland

Point Leo SLSC’s Samantha Howe will be representing Australia in the pool at the World Games in Wroclaw, Poland from 22-23 July.

In May 2017, Howe was named as one of 47 athletes who will strive to represent Australia over the next 18 months in the lead-up to the Life Saving World Championships, to be held in Adelaide in November 2018.

Howe, 18, is the only Victorian athlete to be selected for the Australian Lifesaving Team and will train in the squad alongside the likes of Harriet Brown (former Victorian lifesaver and Current Nutri-Grain IronWoman Finals Series champion), as well as Olympic representatives and national swimming championship finalists.

The Australian Life Saving Team will kick off its Life Saving World Championships 2018 campaign at the World Games in Poland. Howe is among the team’s strongest 10 pool rescue athletes, who have been selected to compete at the World Games.

LSV Director Aquatic Sport Rachael Rylance congratulated Howe on her selection.

“Being selected for a national team is an outstanding achievement and we wish Samantha well in her travels to the World Games in Poland,” she said.

“Having the opportunity to train among Australia’s top lifesaving athletes over the next 18 months is going to be a fantastic opportunity for Samantha to further develop her talents.”

No stranger to representing her country, Howe competed at the World Championships in the Netherlands in September 2016 as part of the Australian Youth Lifesaving Team, where she won three individual gold medals and became the world champion in three youth pool events, making her the most successful Australian pool athlete at the event.

Earlier this year, she represented Victoria at the Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships, where she won the Women’s U19 100 LC metre manikin carry and 50m manikin carry events.  She also placed second in the Women’s Under 19 Individual Overall Championship ‐ George Turnbull Trophy.

Howe was awarded Junior Female Athlete of the Year at Life Saving Victoria’s Awards of Excellence in both 2015 and 2016 and was also a finalist in the Victorian Young Athlete of the Year category at the Victorian Sport Awards in March this year.

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