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Orange Cup.

It was the first time in its 80-year history that the Australian Life Saving Team (ALT) sent two open capped representative teams to compete across different continents on the same weekend, and the risk paid off with a historic performance.

The star-studded Surf Rescue team proved unstoppable at the 2017 DHL International Surf Rescue Challenge (ISRC) held in Mt Maunganui, New Zealand competing against teams from New Zealand, Great Britain, South Africa, USA, Canada and Japan.

Jordan Mercer, Harriet Brown, Jake Lynch and Matt Poole joined a team of 14 to claim victory for across three tests, and the overall point score in a convincing win against second place-getters New Zealand (NZ), with the United States of America (USA) claiming third.

At the end of day two, Australian team member Jordan Mercer said the team were bringing their all to the event: “This is the world stage for us, essentially this is our Olympics, so for Surf Life Saving we have the best of the best here right now, and the Australian Team that we are putting forward is the best we have to offer”

Across the seas, a second team of elite Pool Rescue athletes were busy claiming their second win in a fortnight at the Orange Cup in Amsterdam, after a stellar first place performance at the German Cup a week prior.

Australia also won the youth category at the DHL International Surf Rescue by 15 points over the New Zealand Junior Black Fins, with a proud team taking the medal tally to four from four. South Africa finished in third, while Great Britain and USA finished in fourth and fifth respectively in the youth competition.

Speaking after the winning weekend, SLSA National Sport Manager Shane Knight said this was a big test for the ALT: “These results are extremely rewarding for the athletes and coaching staff who have put in a tremendous amount of effort preparing for these campaigns”.

“Having two winning capped teams compete over two continents simultaneously really tested our depth of talent, but we showed we can match it with the best of the best and we are very proud of our Australian Teams performances on the sand, surf and pool.” He said.

The next ALT event will be our Australian Surf Boat Team in February when they take on New Zealand in the Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Series in Sydney.

International Life Saving Team representative:

DHL International Surf Rescue, Surf Rescue Team:

First NameLast NameSLS Club
HarrietBrown ©BMD Northcliffe
JordanMercerNoosa Heads
LizzieWelbornNorth Bondi
AlastairDaySurfers Paradise

German and Orange Cups, Pool Rescue Team:

First NameLast NameSLS Club
ChelseaGillettMaroochydore Surf Lifesaving Club
MattDavisCurrumbin beach Vikings SLSC
PrueDaviesCurrumbin Vikings
JakeSmithTrigg Island
RachelWoodUmina Surf Lifesaving Club
TimSchofieldTerrigal SLSC
TomMontgomeryCurrumbin Beach Vikings SLSC
MariahJonesTweed Heads & Coolangatta
RachelEddyCurrumbin Beach Vikings SLSC
Sam BellBellMaroochydore
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