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Queensland wins at the Australian Pool Life Saving Championships 2016

Queensland wins at the Australian Pool Life Saving Championships 2016
January 22, 2016

Queensland’s team has replaced long time winners NSW to win the overall title at the Australian Pool Life Saving Championships.

Competing on home ground at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Queensland pulled off the huge win taking out the overall team category as well as winning in many other categories.

Queensland dominated the Championships: its women’s team came first in its category (NSW was second and Victoria third); its men’s team came a very close second to NSW; in under 19s and under 16s Queensland came first while in opens it also came first – beating NSW into second place in each category.

In other fantastic Queensland wins, Samuel Bell won the individual life saving race - Australia Cup, Prue Davis won the women’s under 19 Australia Cup, Anthea Warne won the Dr. Heather McGowan Memorial Trophy and a Queensland team also won the mixed team initiative.

With over 190 lifesavers – all champions in their own field – taking part in the Australian Pool Life Saving Championships, Royal Life Saving’s Ben Cuttriss says a key part of the Championships is an opportunity to see the nation’s top mazing lifesavers in action – dealing with simulated emergency situations based on the real scenarios that they face on a regular basis.

Cuttriss stated “the standards were very very high (and this) is an amazing overall win for Queensland.”

Cuttriss also highlighted how, with too many drowning tragedies in Australia, “lifesavers are a critical part of the fabric of Australia.”

Images of the Australian Pool Life Saving Championships courtesy of the Royal Life Saving Society - Australia.

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