Five Red Beach athletes have returned from the Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide knowing that they have benefited greatly from the experience.
Camille Small, Jade Hughes and Ella Moratti along with Sam & Blake Readman represented the club in the Youth Interclub division of the championships at Glenelg Beach. Competing against similar aged athletes from around the world, they acquitted themselves well in their events with Jade Hughes achieving a fifth placing in the final of the women’s ski. Sam Readman followed up with a seventh spot in the men’s ski final.
All five athletes reached either the quarter-finals or semi-finals of the events they contested.
“It was an amazing learning curve for them,” said team manager Mark Readman who accompanied the group in Australia along with club coach Jack Gavin.
“Being exposed to international competition, they were up against the world’s top surf athletes. To advance to the quarters and semis was quite remarkable, given the standard of competition. There were many gun athletes and the cream of Australia’s talent was on show.
“Amazingly, some of the best athletes were tipped out through not making the cut and they had to watch their finals from the beach,” he added.
On the points board for the Interclub Youth Teams, Red Beach with its five athletes finished in 29th spot with 29 points. More than 50 clubs were registered for the Youth category.
The Lifesaving World Championships is a biennial event which will next take place in Riccione, Italy in 2020.