World record holder and champion swimmer Sam Howe will be one of more than 160 lifesavers competing in the highly prestigious Australian Pool Life Saving Championships in Melbourne this week.
The 17-year-old, who is lifesaver at Point Leo Surf Life Saving Club, won three gold medals at the 2016 Lifesaving World Championships held in the Netherlands
The Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre is hosting the Australian Pool Life Saving Championships from Wednesday 11th January to Friday 13th January.
Lifesavers aged from 11 to 76 are competing at the event which tests competitors’ abilities in pool lifesaving. Each event directly simulates real situations and emergencies that lifesavers encounter
The Manikin Carry, Manikin Tow, Line Throw, Obstacle Swim and the Simulated Emergency Response Competition are among the events.
Athletes will also be aiming for selection in Royal Life Saving’s three Australian representative teams – the Open Aussie Barras, the Under 19 Silver Barras and the Under 16 Junior Barras.
Victoria has the largest number of entries of all state and territories, with over 65 people from across the state entered in state and club competition divisions.