Updates to the OrgaNet system and user guide

The OrgaNet registration system has been amended to take account of the new data protection regulations introduced in Europe regarding the protection of personal data. New users will see the changes when they first apply for an OrgaNet account. A message will be sent shortly to existing users (including those who have already registered a team) to advise the action required when they next login to OrgaNet. The User Guides have been updated to reflect these changes. Once logged in, users will also find further online links to the guidance relevant to their events.

Updated User Guides (May 2018)

National Volunteer Week 2018

Lifesaving would not exist without volunteers, and the World Championships is no exception!

To mark National Volunteer Week here in Australia, we’ll be profiling some of the key volunteers working to bring the LWC2018 to life!

Want to volunteer at this great event? Click here  for more information.

National Volunteer Week 2018

UnknownJohn Baker

John is the Chairman of the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships Executive Committee, having led the successful bid in France in 2014.

He has been an active member of Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club (South Australia) since 1977 and has held numerous positions at both club, State and National levels. In addition to his current role as LWC2018 Chairman, John is State President and the Deputy National President SLSA. John is an active competitor and patrolling member and you’ll see him sweeping a Masters Crew during Worlds.

IMAG1010 copyGreg Allum

Greg has been a volunteer member of Surf Life Saving Australia for almost 50 years. At LWC2018, he is a member of the ILS Event Management Committee responsible for planning and delivery of the Championships, with a particular responsibility for the Ocean Events at Glenelg.

Reflecting on his years involved in surf lifesaving, Greg says “It has been a wonderful and fulfilling journey as a lifesaver, competitor, coach, official and administrator.”




P.TidswellPeter Tidswell

Peter is the Beach Venue Manager for LWC2018, and has been a volunteer at Glenelg SLSC for about 40 years. His roles and responsibilities include the setup and management of the beach venue, and coordination of the beach operations crew during the 3 week event.

Peter says “I believe these ILS World Championships are a great opportunity for us to showcase our great venue, not only to the Australian Surf Life Saving Community but, in this case the World. There will be all hands on deck to ensure South Australia hosts a great event and definitely look forward to lots of volunteers this week, being National Volunteer Week. Hope you can help us out during the Championships, even if its just for a few days!”


kylie 1Kylie Ellison

Kylie was the First Aid Coordinator at Rescue 2012, and joins us in the same role in 2018. Kylie is excited to again bring her knowledge and experience as a Paramedic to provide a world class volunteer medical team for the event.

Kylie’s passion is helping other volunteers develop their skills, and is looking forward to bringing a team of first aid assistants together not only during the Championships, but for up-skilling and team bonding in the lead up.



ALAdam Luscombe

Adam is the Chairman of the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships Operations Committee. Additionally, he is the General Manager of the state-owned SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre – home of the pool competition at Rescue 2012 and at LWC 2018. He is excited for the World to be discovering South Australia and all it has to offer.

He had an active role with Angelsea 1985- 1987 and has been a Coach and Committee member at Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club in two stints 1990-1995 and 2011 to now. He has a passion for High Performance Sport, Major Events and volunteerism. This is highlighted by his strong coaching background ( including being the 2004 Athens Australian Paralympic Team Manager) and role with many Victorian and South Australian major events in swimming, hockey, basketball, diving and waterpolo.

IMG_2642Richard Crowe

Richard is the Pool Venue Manager for LWC2018. A more enclosed venue than the beach, Richard’s role involves liaising between SAALC staff and the ILS Event Management Committee to ensure that everything is in place for a smooth and efficiently-run of all the Championships. He will also be an Area Referee at the Interclub Championships (ocean) during the second week.

His interest in the pool competition comes from being the State Championships Referee for the last few years. He has many volunteer roles within Surf Lifesaving SA, including senior referee last season, officials mentor and chair of officials panel. 


Jelle Meinstma

Jelle is a member of the ILS Sport Commission’s Event Management Committee, which is responsible for the overall planning and delivery of this event. He has been involved in surf lifesaving for more than 50 years in South Africa and the last number of years with the International Lifesaving Federation. Jelle says “It has been a most satisfying journey, I have met great people from different part of the world.”

Competition Programmes Released!

To mark the 6-months-to-go milestone, the ILS have finalised and released the competition schedules for the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018.

Lifesaving World Championships 2018 Event Director Conny Wilson, said “we are excited that the programmes have been launched, this is marking a significant milestone as we reach 6-months-to-go. We have a close relationship with the ILS, and the publication of the programmes means we are better equipped to drive registrations and move ahead on key operational aspects of the event”.
ILS Event Director John Martin added “The publication of the detailed competition programmes today is the culmination of a huge amount of work by the Sport Commission Secretary, Jelle Meintsma, greatly assisted by Greg Allum from the ILS Event Management Committee to produce the fine detail for each event following the recent Co-ordination Committee meeting in April in Glenelg. The Chief Referees for the different Championships have also had significant input to the design of the programmes. The ILS Sport Commission is pleased to have been able to publish these programmes on time on the LWC 2018 website. We look forward to the increasing number of teams entering the Lifesaving World Championships now that the detailed programmes are available.”

The Programmes are available on our website.

Programme revealed!


Rules for the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships clarified and updated

The ILS Sport Commission met in March, at the ILS HQ and clarified some of the rules relating to the conduct of the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide. As a result updated versions of the ILS Competition Rulebook and the ILS 2018 Lifesaving World Championships Competition Handbook have been published, along with ILS Sport Commission 2018 Bulletin No. 1 which explains the clarifications that have been made. Go to the ILS Rules page https://www.ilsf.org/lifesaving-sport/rules for more information.

LWC pool venue hosts Australian Special Olympics

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April will see Adelaide host the Special Olympics 2018 National Games, and last week the Special Olympics flame was welcomed to SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre and the cauldron was lit to signal the start of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Torch Run is part of the Flame of Hope raising awareness for the athletes of the Special Olympics in the lead up to the National Games starting in April 2018.

pic 2SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre General Manager, and LWC2018 Organising Committee Chairman, Adam Luscombe said “the Special Olympics Torch Relay signals the want for inclusion. The fact our young surf life savers are represented at such an event illustrates surf’s ability to include all. Matt Cowdrey OAM and State MP highlights this. We hope to bring the same level of inclusivity to the Lifesaving World Championships 2018, and the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre will ensure this aim is met at all pool rescue events”.



Read more about the Lighting Ceremony here and the Special Olympics National Games 2018 here.

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Travel partners announced

We are excited to announce details of our exclusive airline and accommodation partners: Qantas and Oaks Hotels.

Qantas are offering flight discounts for anyone travelling to Adelaide for the Lifesaving World Championships, find out more here.

Oaks have two accommodation options in Glenelg, offering apartment-style living; and three properties in Adelaide CBD. Find out more here.

Below you can see the beautiful stretch of beach at Glenelg, snapped from a Qantas flight, showing just how close the Oaks properties are to the beachfront!


Glenelg from flight - UM original photo

Early registrations close in one week!

There are just 7 days until the early-bird registration period closes for national and club teams entering the ILS Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018. A number of nations and clubs have already successful registered for the Open and some for the Youth events to take advantage of the early team registration fees.

This is a reminder to all federations yet to do so, to register their national teams for the Open and Youth championships by the 19th February 2018 to get that early discount. We also ask that you urgently circulate this message to your club teams to encourage them to register for all events they are intending to enter.

Although it may be too early for federations and clubs to select the competitors that will represent them it is not to early to register their team or club. Once teams are registered, competitors can be added to the entry at any time, right up to the close of entries on 16th October 2018. Unlike the team registration, competitors added are not subject to the early, normal or late registration fees as there is just one rate for each individual throughout the registration period.

Remember also that entries are not valid until the fees due are paid, so early registrations still need to be paid. Reminders will shortly be sent to all teams and clubs that have already registered but not yet paid to remind them of the approaching deadline.

All the details on how to register your teams and the fees payable are available here: http://www.lifesaving2018.com/event-registration/register-now/

Please ensure your national team management are aware of this and encourage them to register early to get that discount. As registrations have to be approved, don’t leave it until the last minute or you could be disappointed.

Anyone can sign up to the e-news to get information about LWC2018, click here to sign up!

Coming to the Championships to support a friend?

We have opened up the registration system to allow “accompanying persons” to attend the LWC2018 and support their friends and family!

It costs 10EUR to register, and you will receive an accreditation pass, which will give you access to the transport system, social hubs and more!

Click here to download the how-to guide. Bring your partners, kids, mum, dad, siblings… take advantage of the wonderful family friendly holiday destination that is Adelaide and South Australia.

Holiday closures 2017/18

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We will be away from the office on the following weekends and public holidays: Sat 23, Sun 24, Mon 25, Tues 26 Dec (Christmas); Sat 30, Sun 31 Dec, Mon 1 Jan (New Year’s).

Our hardworking LWC staff are taking some time off over the summer – we are still contactable, but may take longer than usual to get back to you!

Sam Fielke (Partnership and Stakeholder Manager): out of office from Thurs 21 Dec, returning Mon 8 Jan
Ursula Menz (Senior Event Coordinator): out of office Sat 6 Jan – Sun 11 Feb


Another World Champion comes on board as LWC Ambassador

We are pleased to welcome Peta Coudraye (nee Kluzek) as an LWC2018 Ambassador.



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.

Sporting Achievements

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.

Bronze, Womens Surf Boat

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


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