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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Registrations open for LWC2018!


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.



Competition Handbook and Rulebook published

The ILS Sport Commission is pleased to confirm that the ILS Competition Rulebook 2015-2019 Revised 2017 Edition is now published in preparation for the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018.

To accompany the revised Competition Rulebook, the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 Championships Handbook, which sets out the entry criteria and event programmes, is also published.

Both documents are now available in preparation for the forthcoming launch of the online Registration system for the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 which will be announced soon.


Welcome our first international Ambassador!

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.”
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Welcome our newest Ambassador

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.”


Another LWC2018 Ambassador announced!

We are thrilled to welcome Di Wallace-Ward as our newest Ambassador for LWC2018.

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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.

Di says “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.”





Co-ordinating Committee meeting a great success

Members of the ILS Sport Commission and the ILS Event Director travelled to Adelaide for a very successful Co-ordination Committee (CoCom) meeting with the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC)from 8th to 11th September 2017. The main focus of the meeting was to look in detail at the planning for the delivery of this important event in November 2018. The full agenda included a walk-through of the operational plans, site visits to the Ocean venue at Glenelg, and the South Australia Aquatic & Leisure Centre pool, and a check of the proposed Accreditation Centre and the Briefing Room at the Beach House.

The ILS team – Dave Thompson, Jelle Meintsma, Greg Allum and John Martin were delighted with the progress that has been made. John Martin, the ILS Event Director said “we are very pleased with the achievements of the Local Organising Committee to date, and believe, with them, that they are very much on course to deliver the best ever Lifesaving World Championships. The support of additional volunteers from South Australia was also very evident and we were made to feel very welcome. The 2018 Championships are very much on track and it was a very positive meeting.”

The CoCom will now focus on launching the Registration system for LWC Adelaide 2018 within the next month and publishing the Championships Handbook. The LOC will also be focusing on increasing communications to all potential participants, and are looking to make contact with all lifesaving clubs across the world. All ILS federations are asked to assist them by providing contact details for their clubs as soon as possible.


First LWC 2018 Ambassadors announced

We are delighted to announce the first two members of our LWC Ambassador program, Craig Chapman and Gavin Hill.
To learn more about Craig and Gavin, and our Ambassador program, click here.

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“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 Hill 

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“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.”




Call for Nominations for Technical Officials


Applications are invited from all Technical Officials who wish to be considered for appointment to officiate at LWC Adelaide 2018, to be held in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia from 16th November to 2nd December, 2018.

The Pool Championships will be held at the South Australia Aquatic and Leisure Centre and all Ocean and Beach Championships are held at Glenelg Beach, Adelaide – the same venues as LWC 2012, except for Christies Beach.

If you wish to be considered, please complete the application form through the link below and submit it online to the ILS Sports Commission, by 31st August 2017. Please note that no late applications will be considered. All applications received will be acknowledged automatically by email. The (Google Docs) form and more information can be found at http://ilsf.org/news/call-nominations-technical-officials-lwc-adelaide-2018