Meet the ambassadors for the Lifesaving World Championships 2018.
The LWC2018 Ambassadors will play a crucial role in promoting the Championships, by association and through advocacy. The Championships will showcase sporting and lifesaving skills to broader audiences, grow awareness of the movement, and deepen levels of engagement with the community. We welcome their commitment to work with us to achieve these goals.
Amelia Mulcahy was announced as the full time Weather Presenter for Adelaide’s No. 1 rated Seven News in January 2014. In addition to the role of Weather Presenter, Amelia is also the Weather, Climate and Environment Reporter.
Amelia grew up in the Adelaide Hills, attended Loreto College at Marryatville and went on to study at UniSA Magill, completing a Bachelor of Journalism.
Whilst at UniSA Amelia worked for the university PR team, interned at Madison magazine in Sydney and completed many hours of work experience at Channel Seven, before beginning a freelance position with Seven News in 2009.
After graduating from UniSA, the travel bug bit and Amelia toured Europe, including the UK, France, Austria, Greece, Germany, Belgium and Italy. After completing her travel Amelia joined the Yahoo!7 team where she split her time between Sydney and Adelaide to work extensively on the Seven News website and social media pages.
In early 2012 Amelia joined the Seven News team full time, where she has crossed live to Sunrise, The Morning Show and various network News bulletins, as well as produced entire news bulletins and presented News updates. Amelia has a passion for fashion and has hosted the David Jones Spring Summer fashion parades, the major Adelaide Fashion Festival event and also recently took on the role as Ambassador for Fashion at the Races in conjunction with Thoroughbred Racing, hosting various events throughout the TRSA season.
Amelia has a keen interest in health and fitness, with some of her many hobbies including running, Bikram yoga and walking to Mount Lofty.
Craig is a past President of Surfers Paradise SLSC, having joined the movement in 1982. He has won Queensland, Australian and World titles in competition and competed in the Nutri-Grain Ironman series for 2 years in the late 1980’s. He is now involved in Masters competition and holds Queensland, Australian and World Titles. He also completed a solo English Channel swim in 2011 to raise over $91,000 for charity.
Craig has 30 years’ experience in senior management roles in the service industry, held senior finance and operational roles with theme parks and resorts and director positions with 6 ASX listed companies.
“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.”
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.”
PETA COUDRAYE (nee Kluzek)
Peta’s a World Champion and has been involved in Women’s Surf Boat rowing since the late 90’s and has proudly seen women’s surf boat racing grow into the well represented and elite level that you see today. Transitioning from the lake after winning a gold medal at the Junior World Championships in Oslo, Norway. She was instantly hooked on Surf Boat rowing after cracking waves at Middleton South Australia with the Brighton boaties.
Peta is a Bronze medallion holder and Surf Boat competitor since 1996, still actively competing in Open Women’s Surf Boats and is a member of Grange Surf Club, South Australia.
Peta works for Westpac as the State Marketing Manager SA/NT/TAS, and is a mother of two children, Piper 4 and Gabe 3.
Gold Medal at the Junior World Championships, Oslo Norway, in the women’s pair with Amy Safe (Gillett) 1993 Transitioned to Surf Boats in 1996, joining Brighton Surf Club.
Joined Grange Surf Club in 1998 and won a silver at the South Australian State Championships and Bronze at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in the Open Women’s Surf Boat (Kurrawa – Jane & Sarah McFarlane, Naomie Delany and Gilbert Barton)
- 1999 – Gold medal. State (SA) Championships
- 2000 – Competed for Queenscliff Surf Club NSW (branch medals)
- 2003 – Competed for Scarborough SLSC (WA)
- 2006 – Aldinga Surf Club (SA) – Gold Medal SA State Championships
- 2007 – Lorne Surf Life Saving Club
- 2010 – Grange – Gold Medal SA State Championships & Member of the State Team
- (2010 – 2017) – Grange Surf Club (had two children in this period)
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.
Maurice was a member of the Australian Royal Lifesaving team that competed in the 1986 World Lifesaving Championships (Rescue ’86) – in Canada. At the time he was extremely active in the Royal Lifesaving Society being a Non-Executive Director of Royal Life as well as level 3 examiner and Regional Liaison officer. In the 1985 State Championships Maurice achieved four Gold Medals. Maurice also wrote the home pool safety award and was the recipient of a Queen’s Jubilee award to fund the program. He was also a patrolling member of the Whyalla Surf Lifesaving Club.
Since his lifesaving days Maurice has worked for not for profit organisations including Red Cross, Wheel Chair Sports and sixteen years as the CEO of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Research Foundation. In recent years he has spent much of his time in the political world. Maurice is very proud to be an Ambassador of the LWC Adelaide 2018 and give back the sport and activity that was so important to him in his formative years.
Gavin has extensive experience in surf sports and invested much of his life to the Lifesaving Movement in numerous roles including Head Coach, Coach, State and National Advisory Panels and Team Manager. A South Australia who relocated to Queensland currently working with the Northcliffe Surf Club.
“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.”
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.”
John Riddell presents Adelaide’s top rating Seven News on weeknights alongside Jane Doyle. John began his media career in Adelaide’s suburban newspaper group, Messenger Newspapers, and later travelled the world as a correspondent, working in radio and television as a police reporter, news producer and newsroom Chief of Staff.
John has covered a range of South Australian stories from tragedies such as the Ash Wednesday bushfires to the Truro and Snowtown murders. John has thoroughly enjoyed interviewing Prime Ministers and celebrities including Gough Whitlam, Bob Hawke, John Howard, Sir Cliff Richard and Roger Moore. One of John’s television highlights was departing the Nine Network 25 years ago to join Channel Seven.
John has a passion for sport and was thrilled to be invited to work as one of six specialist reporters on Seven’s award winning Sydney 20000 Olympic Games coverage, and was trackside when Cathy Freeman won gold. Recently John reported from London and Scotland as he took viewers on board for a special look at the oldest surviving clipper ship in the world – the City of Adelaide – and her historic journey back to Adelaide. John also spent seven years travelling around South Australia promoting the diverse local tourism destinations via the local travel program Discover, as well as hosting Seven’s The World Around Us.
John presented Adelaide’s weekend Seven News for almost 16 years before moving to weeknight Seven News alongside Jane Doyle in 2005. In 2014 Seven News won the ratings for a 14th straight year – the longest winning streak for a news service in Adelaide.
John is an ambassador for Novita Children’s Services and has had an affiliation with the group for more than 12 years – helping to raise $560,000 for Novita via the Mighty River Run. Outside of work, John enjoys all water sports, particularly surfing. He’s also a keen golfer, tennis player and Ambassador for the Port Adelaide Football Club. John is married to Heather and they have two children, Erin and Nicholas.
Mark Soderstrom is the Weekend Sport Presenter for Adelaide’s No. 1 rating Seven News. Mark joined the team in 2004 as a part time sport presenter and reporter and in 2012 commenced the dual role of full time Weekend Sport Presenter and Reporter.
Mark played 121 games in the SANFL with North Adelaide, Glenelg and Sturt before starting his media career. Mark was part of the ABC’s SANFL commentary team for nine years. When the SANFL coverage returned to Channel Seven in 2014 Mark took on the role of fronting the local league telecasts, where the SANFL television audience doubled with the return to a commercial station.
Mark is a former physical education teacher and also held a long term role with the SA Metropolitan Fire Service as a fire fighter. As well as his role at Seven News, Mark is also co-host of Adelaide’s No. 1 FM breakfast show on MIX102.3. Mark has a passion for sport, fitness and family. He is married to Kate and has a cheeky son, Felix.
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.
“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.”