Melbourne Hosts Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships

More than 160 lifesavers competed in the highly prestigious Australian Pool Life Saving Championships from 11th to 13th January.

Hosted by Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre, the event involved lifesavers aged from 11 to 76 testing their abilities in pool lifesaving, across events including the manikin carry, manikin tow, line throw, obstacle swim and the simulated emergency response competition.

The team from New South Wales took back their title from former champions Queensland, winning the Sir Percy Joske Trophy for the Overall Interstate Championships. Queensland came in a close second for the top prize.

Other notable results include Female Lifesaver of the Year, awarded to Maria Jones of Queensland, and Male Lifesaver of the Year which went to Lachlan Braddish from New South Wales.

As the host state, it was no surprise that Victoria had 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.

As well as competing for their states and territories in Melbourne, athletes were also contending 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.

Congratulations to all Victorian athletes and coaches that have been selected for national teams: Trenton Johnson, Thomas Dale, Caitlin Huell, James Petropoulos, Brendon Smith, Samantha Howe and coach James Evans.

Thanks to DAMIEN HOFMAN PHOTOGRAPHY for the event images.

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