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!

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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.”