With the Ninth day of competition underway at the Lifesaving World Championships a clear rivalry has started to form. The traditional cross Tasman rivals, Australia and New Zealand have emerged at the top of the overall leader boards. Currently New Zealand leads the Open Nationals teams with 403 points with Australia trailing by 9. Roles are reversed in the Youth Nationals Teams with Australia leading 526 to 510.
France is the next best positioned team placing third in the Youth and fifth in the Open. Great Britain, South Africa, Spain, USA, Canada, Hong Kong/China and Argentina round out the top ten of the Youth while Italy and Germany have placed third and fourth in the Open with Spain, Poland, China, Netherlands, Japan and Great Britain trailing behind.
Queensland duo Matt Davis and Prue Davies from the Currumbin Beach Vikings have been raking up the medals. Davies taking out four silvers across two days of competition while Davis is taking home a gold in the 100 m Rescue Medley as well as two silvers from the pool.
In the Youth competition New Zealand star Claudia Kelly has taken home six medals, with a gold in the Oceanwoman ahead of Australians Naomi Scott and Tiarnee Massie. While Scott and Massie had to settle for silver and bronze their combined forces earnt them two golds in the Board Rescue and Oceanwoman Relay along with fellow teammates Lani Pallister and Leah Rampoldi.
However, today the leader board could change as the Youth and Open swap disciplines. Open heading to the Ocean after two days of pool events while Youth are leaving the surf to compete at the Marion Aquatic and Leisure Centre.
Heading into the weekend plenty of Australian stars are heading into the surf. Look out for Australian captain Harriet Brown, along with two-time Australian surf race champion Georgia Miller and Ironmen Kendrick Louis and Matt Bevilaqua as they compete in their favoured element. There will be plenty of action over the next few days, both at the pool and in the ocean, with Australian and New Zealand battling to take out the top spot.