Surf Life Saving SA would like to congratulate the following athletes, Lachlan Merchant (Glenleg), Kian Bird (Grange), Anneka Kidd (Seacliff) and Helena Schwerdt ( Grange), who were named over the weekend as State Representatives for the Australian Youth Lifesaving Shadow Squad.
The Youth Squad will be used to select teams to compete at International Surf Rescue Challenge later this year and will look to retain their title as Youth Life Saving World Champions when Worlds 2018 is held in Adelaide from 17 November – 2 December 2018.
The squad will be headlined by returning athlete from Australia’s 2016 Youth Life Saving squad in Naomi Scott (Manly). Naomi had a breakthrough year in 2016/2017 with an outstanding 8th place in the Nutri-Grain Finals Series just three weeks after her 17th birthday.
Beach sensation Alex Rampoldi (North Cronulla) sealed her place in the squad claiming gold in both U17 Female Flags and Open Female Flags at Aussies this year as a 15-year-old. She will be joined by fellow young gun Lani Pallister who had an extremely successful Youth Aussies 2017 campaign taking home 6 gold medals from this year’s competition.
Maroochydore’s strong representation in the Open Australian Squad has carried over to the Youth Squads also with four athletes being named. Mackenzie Duffy & Tiarnee Massie teamed up to take home two gold medals from 2017 Aussies while Byron Turton and Matthew Palmer were a part of the winning U17 Ski Relay team on the Gold Coast this year. Avoca Beach will also feature four athletes within the squads.
Experienced coaches Brett Dowker and Craig Holden will again lead the team and will be joined by Rachelle King (Pool) and Sam Dick (Beach).
Dowker has expressed his excitement about working with a new youth squad for the next 18 months.
“With the youth squad, every two years we get to see a new group of up and coming athletes come in to the national program. This is really exciting for us as coaches to be able to work with these athletes and their club coaches to see them develop.,” Brett Dowker said.
“Traditionally we have named a squad of 24 ocean & beach athletes however due to nature of Aussies this year we are really excited to bring a shadow squad and state shadow squad on board to include athletes who are also on selectors radar. We want these athletes to force their way into consideration for Worlds 2018.”
The 24 athletes selected squad athletes will be joined by eight shadow squad members and a further 20 state representatives from around Australia following a shortened Aussies campaign. The Australian Youth Life Saving Team (AYLT) Squad will be finalised with the addition of another 24 athletes following the conclusion of Surf Life Saving Australia’s National Pool Rescue Championships to be held in Adelaide from 4-6 August 2017.
Selectors will name a Youth Team to compete at International Surf Rescue Challenge at Mt Maunganui, New Zealand from 30 Nov – 2 Dec 2017 within the next fortnight.
Australian Youth Life Saving Team Squad
Lani Pallister | Alexandra Headland
Keeley Booth | Avoca Beach
Lily Cracknell | Avoca Beach
Finn Flaherty | Avoca Beach
Mitchell Coombes | BMD Northcliffe
Ky Kinsela | Currumbin
Jake Evans | Elouera
Michael Hanna | Elouera
Christopher King | Elouera
Emily Doyle | Manly
Naomi Scott | Manly
Mackenzie Duffy | Maroochydore
Tiarnee Massie |Maroochydore
Matthew Palmer | Maroochydore
Byron Turton | Maroochydore
James Finn | Newport
Electra Outram | Noosa
Ben Highfield | North Cronulla
Kira Hood | North Cronulla
Alexandra Rampoldi | North Cronulla
Nicola Owen | Redhead
Jazmine Yew | Thirroul
Lachlan Braddish | Umina
Jamee Smith | Wanda
Thomas Baker | Alexandra Headland
Elli Halliday | Alexandra Headland
Emma Livingstone | Avoca Beach
Imogen Rees | BMD Northcliffe
Grace Gurr | Manly
Olivia Emanuel | Sunshine Beach
Jackson Chapman | Tugun
Brooke Dixon | Wanda
Shadow Squad – State Representatives
Ryan Blenkinship | Mindil NT
Lance Hutt | Mindi lNT
Chelsea Lane | Mindil NT
Lauren McSkimming | Mindi lNT
Lachlan Merchant | Glenelg SA
Kian Bird | Grange SA
Helena Schwerdt | Grange SA
Anneka Kidd | Seacliff SA
Ned Lennox | Carlton Park TAS
Lochlan Bromfield | Clifton Beach TAS
Georgie Matthews | Devonport TAS
Eve Bell | Port Sorrell TAS
Saxon Davidson | Altona VIC
Natalie Clucas | Anglesea VIC
Jesse Coulson | Ocean Grove VIC
Grace Harris | Torquay VIC
Jack Musika | Coogee WA
Macarah Mallis | Sorrento WA
Sydney Rafferty | Sorrento WA
Callan Smith | Trigg Island WA
Team Coaches & Management:
- Coach – Brett Dowker (Currumbin)
- Assistant Coach – Craig Holden (Elliott Heads)
- Assistant Coach – Rachelle King (Terrigal)
- Assistant Coach – Sam Dick (Currumbin)
- Team Manager – Max Gonzalez (Bronte