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Surf’s up as countdown begins for lifesaving world titles

Three generations of surf lifesavers — Robert Thompson, Kate Size and Jayden Size, at Grange. Picture: Tricia Watkinson
Three generations of surf lifesavers — Robert Thompson, Kate Size and Jayden Size, at Grange. Picture: Tricia Watkinson

ADELAIDE has started the countdown to this year's Lifesaving World Championships that will attract more than 5000 competitors from 40 countries to Glenelg beach.

The titles will run from November 16 to December 2 and include competition at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre.

Event director Conny Wilson said organisers were expecting a similar number of competitors, volunteers and officials as the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

"This is an enormous event for Adelaide to host," 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."

The opening and closing ceremonies will be held at Glenelg. Competition categories include national championships, interclub, youth, masters and surfboat.

The world titles are held every second year and Adelaide last hosted them in 2012.

Among those excited about the event is three generations of one Grange Surf Life Saving Club family. Robert Thompson has competed in three world championships and will officiate in his fourth, daughter Kate is a former competitor and now age-group leader, and her son Jayden is in his second year of nippers.

Topics:  national titles surf lifesaving


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