LWC2018 Ambassador Di Wallace-Ward to carry the Queen’s Baton

Di Wallace-Ward has been selected as a batonbearer in the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, to be held on the Gold Coast next year. Thousands of local legends will share the dream and carry the Queen’s Baton with pride. Nominated by their peers for achievements and contributions to their community, these batonbearers represent the spirit of the Commonwealth and inspire others to be great.

“The feeling is so surreal, hasn’t really sunk in yet, but feel deeply honoured by this amazing opportunity,” she said. “I better start practising some running training and baton changes!”

Di has inspired countless individuals by being a pioneer of women in Surf Life Saving South Australia (SLSSA) and Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA).

Di has won, and continues to win, an impressive tally of 273 medals at World, Australian and State Titles. Di was presented to the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1983 for her competitive and volunteering services to SLSSA. In 2016, she became the first women to be inducted into the SLSSA Hall of Fame.

Di is a guest speaker and motivator, a mentor at SLSSA Youth Development Camps and delivers a Surf Awareness/Life Safety programs to a broad range of community members all with diverse backgrounds.

The Queen’s Baton Relay started on 13 March 2017, Commonwealth Day, at Buckingham Palace. The Baton carries a message from Her Majesty The Queen through the entire Commonwealth to its final destination, the Games’ Opening Ceremony.

After visiting all Commonwealth nations and territories the Baton will arrive in Australia and start the final leg of its journey on 25 December 2017. It will travel the length and breadth of the country for 100 days through every state and territory, showcasing our history, culture, traditions, geography and people to the world.

The final batonbearer will return the Baton to The Queen or Her representative, who will remove the message and read it aloud to declare the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games open.

The Baton will visit South Australia briefly in January 2018, before making a more thorough tour in February. You can find out more information about the Relay here.

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Today marks exactly 365 days until more than 5000 lifesavers from every corner of the globe descend on South Australia for the Lifesaving World Championships.

The International Life Saving Federation (ILS) Championships, held every two years, is the largest lifesaving event in the world. It showcases excellence in lifesaving sports and rescue, highlighting the vital role lifesavers play as an emergency service in reducing the rate of drowning around the world. Next year the Championships, co-hosted by Surf Life Saving South Australia and Events SA, will be held at Glenelg Beach and the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre from November 16 until December 2.

Event Director Conny Wilson said organisers were expecting the 16-day Lifesaving World Championships to be the biggest and best ever held, with thousands of competitors, volunteers and officials from more than 40 countries taking part.
“This is an enormous event for Adelaide to host given it attracts similar numbers of participants as the Commonwealth Games,” Ms Wilson said.
“While the program will showcase Adelaide and surrounding areas to the world, the event’s main aim is to highlight competitive lifesaving skills to broader audiences, grow awareness of the movement and deepen levels of engagement with the community.”

Official opening and closing ceremonies will be held at Glenelg Beach and competition categories include National Championships, Interclub Championships, Youth Championships, Masters Championships, IRB Championships and Surf Boat Championships.

International Lifesaving World Championships ambassador Bruckner Chase, a professional endurance waterman and internationally regarded ocean advocate, has been recruited to help grow US Masters participation for the Adelaide event.
“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 the 2018 LWC,” Mr Chase said.

Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said securing the World Lifesaving Championships for a second time was a huge economic and sporting win for Adelaide.
“Adelaide hosted the World Lifesaving Championships in 2012 and the event pumped more than $4 million into the local economy. I’m sure we’ll see an even bigger economic impact again in 2018,” Mr Bignell said.
“We are the only city in the world to host the Championships twice, which is a testament to Adelaide’s reputation as a major events city and our fantastic beaches and sporting facilities.”

Event organisers will also be seeking volunteers early next year to assist with the major event.
“Volunteers play an enormous role in the Championships and we’ll be calling for people to help with everything from administration to hospitality to medical assistance,” Ms Wilson said.

For more information and competitor registrations, please visit www.lifesaving2018.com.

Media Contact: Emma Altschwager, 0439 804 110, emma@jpmedia.com.au

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Welcome our newest Ambassador!

Welcome to Hannah Davis, our newest LWC2018 Ambassador.

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A born and bred proud South Australian hailing from Glenelg, Hannah is a dual Olympian and Olympic Bronze medallist who represented Australia in the sport of Flatwater Kayak at both the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games. In Beijing Hannah picked up a Bronze medal in the Women’s K4 500m event. A feat that no Australian women’s crew before, or since, has been able to achieve. Hannah’s sporting ambition started early as a nipper at Glenelg SLSC, when she began representing South Australian in the Junior Surf Life Saving State Team. Hannah went on to also represent the Senior State Team on several occasions. As an Open athlete, Hannah has won Bronze in the Open Mix Double Ski and a Silver in the Open’s Womens Surf Ski at the Australian Surf Life Saving National Championships.

Hannah was a member of the Glenelg SLSC from the age of 5 up until 27, when she relocated to NSW after landing a job with Surf Life Saving Australian as the International Development Coordinator. While Hannah now works for AFL NSW/ACT as the Female Football Manager, she has since stayed well connected to the South Australian surf lifesaving community, while also joining the North Bondi SLSC in NSW. Hannah is passionate about the development of female sport, as well as sport as a tool for development more generally. In her last few years in South Australia, Hannah was a member of the South Australian Surf Sports Standing Committee, and travelled as a coach with the Senior State Team. Hannah has returned to South Australian in recent years, competing at the rescue 2012 event, where she placed 4th in the Open Women’s Surf Ski race, and took out the Ocean Ski race. Hannah has also helped to deliver female surf ski development clinics in conjunction with Surf Life Saving Australia, in South Australia and nationally.