Records tumble at State Pool Lifesaving Championships

2 November 2021

Five boys with their fins, standing by the poolRoyal Life Saving WA recently hosted the State Pool Lifesaving Championships, the first to be held in around 20 years. The event happened over two days in September and October with some amazing results achieved.

Due to COVID our athletes have been unable to travel and compete in other state championships, which have also been on hold. Some of our elite athletes were hoping for good times at this International Lifesaving sanctioned event so they could gain a ranking to enable selection for the Australian team to compete at the Lifesaving World Games, held every two years, and to be held next year in Riccione, Italy and the World Games, held every four years, and coming up in Alabama, USA.A group of girls competing in the rope throw

80 athletes competed at the most recent event, which was held at HBF Stadium on Saturday 23rd October. Four athletes broke National records during the competition and one set a new World record.

Harrison Hynes broke the Australian record for the Men’s Under 19 100m Manikin Carry with fins, recording a time of 46.98 seconds, and the Men’s Under 19 100m Manikin Tow with fins, in a time of 54.09 seconds. Harrison also achieved qualifying times for the 2022 World Games in a number of events.

Phoebe Ashworth broke the National record for the Women’s Under 19 Line Throw, with a time of 14.08 seconds.

Three girls with their gold, silver and bronze ducks

Jake Smith broke the National Record for the Men’s Open 50m Manikin Carry, recording a time of 29.65 seconds, and the Men’s Open 100m Manikin Carry with fin, in a time of 46.37 seconds. Jake also achieved qualifying times for the 2022 World Games in a number of events.

And Adam Moore broke National Records in the Men’s Masters 45-49 years Line Throw, with a time of 12.36 seconds, the Men’s Masters 45-49 years 100m Manikin Carry with Fins, recording a time of 59.35 seconds, and the Men’s Masters 45-49 years 100m Manikin Tow, in a time of 57.33 seconds – that time also broke the Men’s Masters 45+ World record for that event!Four competitors standing by the pool

We congratulate all the athletes who competed at the recent championships for the incredible dedication they show to their sport, and the wonderful example they are for Pool Lifesaving in our state. We also thank the incredible group of volunteers who officiated and helped set up this International Lifesaving sanctioned event, and without whom it wouldn’t have been possible.

If you’d like to know how you can get involved in the sport of Pool Lifesaving visit the link below.

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