Prime Minister to be Patron of Lifesaving World Championships

The honourable Malcolm Turnbull Prime Minister has accepted the role of Patron to the Lifesaving World Championships, LW2018, to be held in Adelaide this November.

A Surf Lifesaver himself, Mr Turnbull said “As someone who has long been involved with the North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club, I understand the importance of the work that our surf lifesavers undertake”.

The ILS Lifesaving World Championships are conducted every 2 years, showcasing excellence in lifesaving sports and rescue; attracting the most talented and skilled lifesaving athletes to compete for the title of World’s best. It is an opportunity to profile the Lifesaving Movement, the important role it plays as an emergency service and highlight our members’ contribution to community.

“We should all be grateful that the time we spend on the beach, whether by ourselves or with family is often under the watchful and dedicated eye of a Surf Lifesaver who has chosen to dedicate their time to water safety” said Mr Turnbull.

The Lifesaving World Championships will take place at Glenelg Beach and South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre at Marion from 16 November to 2 December 2018. With the addition of the inaugural World Youth Championships to the program, LWC 2018 is set to be the largest lifesaving event ever held. 6000 athletes from around the world are expected to compete with an additional 1000 officials and volunteers assisting with the event. 

Executive Committee Chairman of LWC 2018, John Baker said “These Championships promise to be the biggest ever and the Prime Minister’s patronage reflects the stature of the event”.

“The Prime Minister has always been a big supporter of Surf Life Saving and it’s great to have him as our Patron for “the Worlds” said Mr Baker.

More information regarding the Lifesaving World Championships 2018 can be found here.

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