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.
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.”
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.”
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.”