Lifesaver set to take on world
WORLD Super lifesaver champion Miranda Bell believes her sizzling end-of-year form is ringing alarm bells among her rivals both here and overseas.
The 19-year-old burst on to the national scene six years ago before representing her country as part of the Australian Pool Rescue team in Germany last year.
The Australian team included five females and five males who competed against some of the world's best rescue athletes.
Bell completed a successful campaign in December at the 2011 German Pool Rescue Cup in Warendorf with the Australian female team finishing first overall.
"The five events that I competed in were the 200m obstacle, 100m carry, 100m tow, 50m carry and 200m super lifesaver," Bell said.
"I did pretty good, coming second overall out of the five champs."
The former Rockhampton Grammar School student's highlight of the championships was her world record time in the Open Women's Super lifesaver event.
Arguably the toughest event on the program, the Super lifesaver includes a 50m swim, 50m manikin carry and a 100m manikin tow.
"The German Cup is the biggest event outside of worlds and to get a world record was pretty exciting," Bell said.
The results bode well for the Australian squad, who used the German Cup as preparation for the 2012 World Champion Rescue's in Adelaide in October.
The former Rockhampton sportswoman was the youngest competitor at the 2010 World Championships in Egypt, winning gold.
"I won nine medals in total throughout the surf and pool event, including three gold medals," Bell said.
Growing up in Rockhampton Bell began surf lifesaving as a nipper with the Yeppoon Surf Life Saving Club.
"I moved to Maroochydore at the Sunshine Coast after graduating high school to continue training and to go to uni," she said.
"I train in Brisbane and am this year starting my uni at QUT after having two years off."
Australian trials for world championships will be held at Kurrawa, Gold Coast in six weeks time.
"I have about a 90% chance that I will get in because I do both the surf and pool," Bell said.
"I do however like surf more then pool, it's just boring," she laughed.
The life saving champion said she was not reading too much into her position as the bookmakers' red-hot favourite.
"I'm not really doing too much more when it comes to training," Bell said.
"I just swim, train in the pool and every now and then pick up a manikin to practice."
The former Rockhampton torpedo will continue to train throughout with local swim coach Shane Kingston whilst visiting family in Rockhampton.