WA claims second at Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships 2022

16 June 2022
pool lifesaving competitors diving into pool

Western Australian pool lifesaving athletes took part in three days of vigorous competition at the Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships over the weekend.

The national event, which is hosted by a different state each year, returned to New South Wales after being cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The competition took place at the Pymble Ladies College Aquatic and Fitness Centre from Saturday 11th to Monday 13th June with over 80 individual and team events across the three days.

WA and VIC pool lifesaving competitors shaking hands in the pool14 athletes were selected from Life Saving and Swimming Clubs around Perth to form the WA State Team and compete at the event. Joining the State Team to represent WA were members of the West Life Saving Club who competed as individuals in the national competition.

All WA competitors performed exceptionally well, with a huge haul of medals across the board and WA claiming second place in the overall tally behind NSW. Highlights included father and daughter duo Adam Moore and Ivy Moore as part of the winning Open/mixed SERC team and our Open Mens team cleaning up in three events to win gold in the 4x50m Obstacle, 4x25m Manikin Carry, and Medley relays.

Jake Smith, Phoebe Ashworth and Kelton Rothnie at the 2022 Australian Pool Lifesaving ChampionshipsThe team wins continued with Gold in both the Mixed 8x50 Fins relay as well as the Mixed 4x50 Lifesaver relay. Our Under 19s mixed team claimed gold in their Medley relay, with the Under 16s also claiming gold in their 4x50m Obstacle relay.

WA State Team co-Captain Jake Smith claimed four individual gold and was awarded Male Lifesaver of the Meet, as well as being named among the ‘Aussie Barras’ – the national Open lifesaving team.

Fellow State Team co-Captain Phoebe Ashworth and teammate Kelton Rothnie were selected for the ‘Silver Barras’ (Under 19s). The Barras squads will go on to represent Australia at the Lifesaving World Championships in Italy this September.

Individual medal results were:

  • Eleanor Flowers (U16 State Team & U14 – West Life Saving): 2 gold (100m obstacles, line throw), 2 silver (50m manikin tow, 100m carry)

  • Kelton Rothnie (U19 State Team): 1 gold (line throw), 2 silver (50m manikin carry, 100m manikin carry), 3 bronze (CPR, 200m Obstacles, 200m Superlifesaver)

  • Phoebe Ashworth (U19 State Team): 4 bronze (CPR, 50m manikin carry, 100 manikin tow, 200m Superlifesaver)

  • Jake Smith (Open State Team): 4 gold (50m manikin carry, line throw, 100m manikin tow, 100m rescue medley), 1 silver (200m Superlifesaver), 2 bronze (200m Obstacles, 100m manikin carry)

  • Harrison Hynes (Open State Team): 1 gold (100m manikin carry)

  • Daniel Beales (U16 State Team): 1 silver (100m manikin tow), 2 bronze (100m manikin carry, 200m Superlifesaver)

  • Adam Moore (Open State Team): 1 bronze (CPR)

  • Craig Ashworth (Masters 30-44 – West Life Saving): 5 silver (50m manikin carry, 100m obstacles, line throw, 100m manikin tow, 100m manikin carry)

  • Peter Traeger (Masters 45-59 – West Life Saving): 3 silver (100m manikin tow, 100m manikin carry, 50m manikin carry), 2 bronze (100m Obstacles, line throw)

  • Eloise Traeger (U14 – West Life Saving): 1 silver (line throw)

  • Jasmine Traeger (U14 – West Life Saving): 1 bronze (line throw)


pool lifesaving competitors diving into pool for obstacle challengeRoyal Life Saving WA congratulates all team members on their outstanding efforts and looks forward to seeing their continued development in the sport of Pool Lifesaving over the coming 12 months.

WA's State Pool Life Saving team is supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. If you'd like to get involved in the sport click the link below to find out more.

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