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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”