Bruckner Chase is a professional endurance waterman and ocean advocate who was recently appointed as the USLA International Masters Team Coordinator specifically to grow US Masters participation for the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018. He works with partners such as Red Bull and USA’s NOAA National Weather Service to grow the sport of surf lifesaving and protect our oceans and our communities. Using Evidence Based Ocean Initiatives his personal and foundation mission is: To positively impact how we feel, think and act towards our oceans.
Bruckner’s athletic career spans the most challenging events on water and land. He competed as a professional triathlete, and he continues to be an elite level competitor in every endurance sport he takes on. On the water Bruckner has completed multiple ultra-distance swims and paddles in some of the harshest conditions imaginable: a record setting no wetsuit swim in Alaska, a 22-mile swim of Lake Tahoe and historic swims between the islands of American Samoa. Bruckner competes in professional surf lifesaving sports across multiple aquatic disciplines. He is the fifth American in history to compete in the iconic Coolangatta Gold Surf Iron Man in Australia, and in 2016 he became the only American to finish the event three times and the first to earn a spot on the winners podium.
“My personal and Foundation mantra is, “What we do IN the oceans makes us athletes. What we do FOR our oceans and FOR our communities makes us Watermen and Waterwomen.” I found my way into Surf Lifesaving Sport late in life, and I find the sport embodies in all its disciplines the opportunity for us all to be far more than just athletes beyond the competitive arena. My first Lifesaving World Championships in 2016 continues to positively impact my mission and vision to positively impact our oceans and communities around the world, and I am honoured to be able to contribute to the reach and impact of LWC2018.”
Reece Homfray is a sports journalist and author who currently works for The Advertiser in Adelaide where he specialises in cycling and football. He has covered the 2016 Rio Olympics, 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympics for News Corp and most recently the 2017 AFL Grand Final. He is also a published author and a regular sports guest on ABC Radio.
“Having grown up in and around the water I’ve been passionate about swimming and water sports my whole life and as a sports journalist can appreciate the athleticism and skill involved in the various disciplines of surf life saving. I now swim 2-3 times a week while training for triathlon which involves various forms of open water swimming in the ocean, lakes and rivers. I grew up in country Victoria swimming in the Murray River which comes with its inherent dangers and hence I am well aware of the importance of water safety. Any opportunity to promote learning to swim while incorporating it with world-class athletes and an event like the Life Saving World Championships is very exciting.”
We are thrilled to welcome Di Wallace-Ward as our newest Ambassador for LWC2018.
Di’s love is surf lifesaving and she has won 14 State Open Board, 6 State Open Iron Woman Championships and an additional 157 State Titles, 18 Australian Gold, 10 World Titles in Open and Masters Events, represented South Australia, Australia, member of the Uncle Toby’s and Nutri Grain Series, won the Nutri Grain Iron Woman 1988. She has held positions as State Team coach, member of the Sports Standing Committee, ECO Surf and regular mentor at SLSSA Youth Leadership Camp. In 2016 she was the first woman to be inducted into the Surf Life Saving SA Hall of Fame and nominated for Baton Bearer, Queens Baton Relay (2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast). She’s a pioneer for woman’s participation in surf sports since the introduction of women in 1980, first woman to race in Open Iron Man final with Grant Kenny (1981) and one of the first women in South Australia/Australia to gain the Bronze Medallion.
Di says “I look forward to being an ambassador promoting LWC Adelaide 2018 to endorse lifesaving to the wider community. This will be my 4th LWC and I’m looking forward to a huge international event held in the State I grew up and competed in for most of my career. With the LWC being in our own backyard again I will ensure and do my best to see that interest and nominations are high for an event that keeps growing in stature, but most of all participants making new friendships and reigniting old ones, creating comradeship amongst clubs whilst advocating sportspersonship and protecting the integrity of our sport at the same time having a positive and enjoyable experience.”
Members of the ILS Sport Commission and the ILS Event Director travelled to Adelaide for a very successful Co-ordination Committee (CoCom) meeting with the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC)from 8th to 11th September 2017. The main focus of the meeting was to look in detail at the planning for the delivery of this important event in November 2018. The full agenda included a walk-through of the operational plans, site visits to the Ocean venue at Glenelg, and the South Australia Aquatic & Leisure Centre pool, and a check of the proposed Accreditation Centre and the Briefing Room at the Beach House.
The ILS team – Dave Thompson, Jelle Meintsma, Greg Allum and John Martin were delighted with the progress that has been made. John Martin, the ILS Event Director said “we are very pleased with the achievements of the Local Organising Committee to date, and believe, with them, that they are very much on course to deliver the best ever Lifesaving World Championships. The support of additional volunteers from South Australia was also very evident and we were made to feel very welcome. The 2018 Championships are very much on track and it was a very positive meeting.”
The CoCom will now focus on launching the Registration system for LWC Adelaide 2018 within the next month and publishing the Championships Handbook. The LOC will also be focusing on increasing communications to all potential participants, and are looking to make contact with all lifesaving clubs across the world. All ILS federations are asked to assist them by providing contact details for their clubs as soon as possible.
We are delighted to announce the first two members of our LWC Ambassador program, Craig Chapman and Gavin Hill.
To learn more about Craig and Gavin, and our Ambassador program, click here.
“I look forward to being an ambassador promoting LWC Adelaide 2018. This will be my 11th LWC & I’m looking forward to it being bigger & better than the last LWC in Adelaide in 2012, which was very successful. With the LWC being in our own backyard again I will ensure that interest & nominations are high for an event that keeps growing in stature.”
“I look forward to being involved in promoting the LWC Adelaide 2018. It is fantastic to see such a huge International event held in the State I grew up and competed in for most of my career. I will do my best to see all participants have a positive and enjoyable experience.”