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LIFESAVING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ADELAIDE 2018
LET THE COUNTDOWN BEGIN

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.”

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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.

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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

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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

500 Days to Go Until LWC Adelaide 2018 Begins

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500 days to go! The countdown is now well and truly underway for LWC Adelaide 2018.

The Lifesaving World Championships are conducted every 2 years, showcasing excellence in surf sports and rescue; attracting the most talented and skilled surf sports and rescue people to compete for the title of Worlds’ best. Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 will be held in Adelaide, South Australia from November 16 – December 2, 2018

Registrations will open in August 2017. Don’t forget to #lwc2018 to join the conversation and share your lifesaving images and video!

LWC Adelaide 2018 Program Now Available

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The Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 detailed programme is now available. Please click here to view the detailed program and click here to view the program in bar format.

Please note that the program is subject to change and the “additional” events are subject to change.

The program is current as of 28 June 2017.

#LWC2018 – Join the Conversation and Share your Images

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The team at LWC Adelaide 2018 are always coming across lifesaving images on our social media feeds and we love it! Don’t forget to #lwc2018 and we will choose the best photos to repost on our social media channels.

Follow the lead of the @auslifesaving team who love a ‘selfie’!

Australia’s Best Athletes to Go Head to Hea

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Australia’s finest Surf Lifesavers will represent their State and showcase their lifesaving skills in an elite lifesaving sports competition. Contested on the beach and in the ocean, Interstates sees the best of the best battle it out in ironman and ironwoman racing, board races, ski races, taplin relays, rescue events, beach flags and beach sprints.

The 2017 Surf Life Saving Australia Interstate Championships will be held on Friday 20 January at Alexandra Headlands, Queensland. You can watch all of the action on the LIVE STREAM from 8am Brisbane/Queensland time. You can view the Interstate Championships either via the SLSA You Tube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/slsaofficial or directly off the Interstates web page https://sls.com.au/interstate/ 

State Categories: Youth & Opens

States Represented: QLD, NSW, WA, VIC, SA, TAS, NT

Events Contested: IronWoman, IronMan, Surf Race, Mixed Board Relay, Mixed Surf Relay, Beach Flags, Mixed Surf Teams Race, Surf Ski Race, Board Race, Beach Sprints, Rescue Tube Race, Beach Relay, Board Rescue, Taplin Relay.

Lifesaving Sport – As Heroic as Sport Can Be

The worlds best are coming to Adelaide, South Australia!

The 2018 Lifesaving World Championships are returning to Adelaide from November 17 – December 2, 2018. Over 5000 athletes from 40 countries will compete in a range of events that are held in the pool, on the sand and in the ocean. This video is from the successful 2016 Lifesaving World Championships, held in the Netherlands.

Start to get excited! Registration information will be made available in the coming weeks. Keep up to date by following our social media channels or visit www.lifesaving2018.com

We do not own this video, credit to Lifesaving 2016 and Reddingsbrigade Nederland.

The Countdown Begins For The Mid Coast Community Challenge

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The iconic South Australian Mid Coast is known for its waves and aquatic reserves but on the 29th January, there is the MID COAST COMMUNITY CHALLENGE (MCCC).  200 plus people aged from 9 years will come together at Christies Beach to compete with the day, culminating in the premier Challenge for Open Men and Open Women Surf Life Saving Ocean events. Everyone using the challenging “M” shape course.

Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 are proud to be supporting the 2017 Mid Coast Community Challenge as an Event Partner through the Ride the Wave program.

Events will encompass the ages of 9 years to Masters with cash prizes for the place getters. A full day of fierce competition of all levels. The introduction of the Mid Coast Community Challenge will see a Youth Club team swim and an open water 1k swim for all members of the community.

If you are ready to be challenged or want to watch a spectacular event which incorporates Surf Life Savers and the communities best, then email midcostcommunitychallenge@gmail.com or enter at www.mcc.ecwid.com

This event is the ultimate in competitive collaboration with the Mid Coast Group (South Australia) of Surf Life Saving Clubs including Aldinga SLSC, Moana SLSC, South Port SLSC, Port Noarlunga SLSC and Christies Beach SLSC.

Book your place now so you don’t get disappointed, stay a while and explore the wonderful wine region of McLaren Vale.

When: 29th January 2017

Where: Christies Beach SLSC, South Australia.

Time: Events start 0800 (registration 7am)

Contact: midcoastcommunitychallenge@gmail.com

International Volunteer Day – We Say Thanks

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Today is International Volunteer Day! The team at LWC Adelaide 2018 would like to say thanks to the thousands of volunteers who are involved with lifesaving across the world. This could include coaching, officiating, administration, patrolling and more. One of the volunteers in Adelaide, South Australia is Paul Dentonfrom the Somerton Surf Life Saving Club. Paul is involved in both coaching and officiating and without the volunteers like Paul lifesaving wouldn’t be the same!

LWC Adelaide 2018 will heavily rely on the involvement of our volunteers across a number of roles including committees, administration, logistical support, promotion of the event, officiating …. the list goes on! Do you want to volunteer at LWC Adelaide 2018? Keep an eye out on our website for more information in the coming months.

Beach Flags – It Is Always a Crowd Favourite

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It’s the most exciting 20m sprint you will ever see! The Beach Flags is a crowd favourite at all lifesaving competitions worldwide and it’s not hard to see why.

In this event, from a prone starting position on the beach, competitors rise, turn and race to obtain a baton (beach flag) buried upright in the sand approximately 20 m away.

Since there are always fewer batons than competitors, those who fail to obtain a baton are eliminated.

Don’t forget to #LWC2018 in all of your lifesaving social media posting.

LWC Adelaide 2018 November 17 – December 2, 2018 in #Adelaide#SouthAustralia

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World Tsunami Awareness Day

It’s World Tsunami Awareness Day on November 5.

Tsunamis are rare but deadly. Early warning saves lives. Know what to do and where to go – http://thndr.me/3Gt6bN

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Surf Sports Series in South Australia Heads to Chiton Rocks

Surf Life Saving SA are hosting the inaugural Surf Sports Series this season and this weekend Round 2 is will be held on the south coast of South Australia at the Chiton Rocks SLSC. The competition kicks off at 10am on Saturday 8 October and concludes at 12pm.

The Surf Sports Series is supported by the Lifesaving World Championships 2018’s “Ride the Wave” community engagement program and is designed to sharpen the skills of South Australian surf sports athletes competing on the national and world stage.

The Surf Sports Series will feature new varying, short course formats with the athletes competing in Board, Beach (events #1 and #4 only) and Ski events for individual points to go towards an end of season tally.

The competition will be fierce with 2015 Surf Life Saving SA Open State Champions Benjamin Zuill and Lily Warrick returning to defend their Open titles against a tight field of SA surf sports stars.

Round 3 will be held at Aldinga Bay on October 22 from 10am and the final round will be held at the Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club on November 12 from 3pm.

Don’t forget to #lwc2018 throughout the Surf Sports Series! We would love to see your images so we can share them on our social media channels.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

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Relive Rescue 2012

The 2012 Lifesaving World Championships – Rescue 2012 was held in Adelaide, South Australia, from November 7-18, 2012 and included five separate competitions:

  • World National Team Championships
  • World Interclub Championships,
  • World Masters Championships,
  • World Surf Boat Championships, and
  • World Inflatable Rescue Boat Championships.

Beach, National Teams and all IRB events were held at Glenelg Beach. Christies Beach was the home of all Masters, Interclub and Surf Boat events. The South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre hosted all Pool events.

The Lifesaving World Championships are returning to Adelaide, South Australia, from November 17 – December 2, 2018 and with the addition on the Youth Interclub Championships and Youth National Championships we are expecting the Lifesaving World Championships in 2018 to be bigger and better than 2012!

Watch the video below which is a brilliant package from Rescue 2012!

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Follow Us On Social Media – @lwcadelaide2018

A wide variety of posts will be released via our social media channels to target the LWC Adelaide 2018 worldwide audience. These posts will include:

  • Key stakeholder/sponsor messages
  • News items from LWC2018, the ILS and organisations affiliated with the ILS
  • Promote LWC2018 social media channels
  • Profiles of local, national and international athletes
  • Promotion of various disciplines that form LWC2018
  • Profiling Volunteers, celebrating their contribution with followers
  • A variety of posts to engage the user such as #TBT, ‘The weekend is almost here’ and ‘hump day’.

To follow our social media channels please search @lwcadelaide2018 or click the links below.

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Send Us Your Stories

Want to send us through your own story? We have a section on the website where we want YOU to send through your story. We don’t care if you are an athlete, coach, official, spectator or team manager, we want to share stories from around the globe!

Click here to be redirected to our ‘Upload Your Stories’ section of the website.

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Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 Goes LIVE!

In December 2014 the Board of the International Life Saving Federation [ILS] voted unanimously in its support for Adelaide to host the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships [LWC  Adelaide  2018]. The ILS Lifesaving World Championships are conducted every two years, showcasing excellence in surf sports and rescue; attracting the most talented and skilled surf sports and rescue people to compete for the title of Worlds’ best.  It is an opportunity to profile the Lifesaving Movement, the important role they play as an emergency service and highlight their contribution to community.

LWC Adelaide 2018 is proudly South Australian and an exciting addition to the States’ Major Events calendar.   Through the delivery of a world class event and experience for competitors and audiences, South Australia will build credibility that will support future bids to regularly host the World Championships.

The competition program is delivered over 16 days with an official opening and closing ceremony to welcome and farewell competitors and visitors.

Ride the Wave is a community program of events aimed at raising awareness of the Lifesaving Movement, Surf Lifesaving SA’s programs and surf sports. It will be delivered over 24 months, culminating in the opportunity to participate in a community activity at the LWC2018.

A full schedule of festive activities will be developed to support the LWC competition program, and to ensure an enjoyable and memorable experience is had by visitors, competitors and community.

The program will showcase Adelaide and surrounding areas, offering tours, activities and events in the City of Holdfast Bay, City of Adelaide, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale.