January 20 - 26, 2019: Issue 390


SLSA 2019 Interstate Championships to be held on Newport Beach

156 of Australia’s best surf athletes will be showcasing their lifesaving skills in the ultimate State vs State battle contested on the beach and in the ocean, and you will able to follow all the action live.

The SLSA 2019 Interstate Championships will see the best of the best battle it out in IronMan and IronWoman racing, board races, ski races, taplin relays, rescue events, beach flags and beach sprints, and State pride is on the line.

The event will be broadcast live on Thursday 24 January, 2019 on Fox Sports channel 506 at 7.45am-10am, and 2pm-4.30pm.

The entire event will also be live-streamed on Surf Life Saving Australia's website and Facebook page, so you can barrack for your state where ever you are. Join the conversation at @slsaustralia #Interstates2019

Participation in the Interstate Championships is by invitation only with teams made up of individuals selected by their respective state bodies with only the highest calibre athletes included.

“Competitors see this as a great honour to battle it out and be the superior state in surf lifesaving,” says SLSA Sports Manager, Wayne Druery. “This event is popular because state rivalry is intense and it’s a great opportunity for the athletes to come together to compete to see which state is the dominant force in our sport.”

Held over a single day’s competition, the state vs. state clash is contested across both beach and ocean events. Two competitions run side by side comprising a male and female section: one for Open competitors and one for Youth (u19 competitors.) Teams are made up of six male and six female athletes. There are no limits on how many events any one competitor may participate in. Entries from each state team are limited to two people for individual events and one team for team events.

2019 Interstates teams 

Find out more at sls.com.au/interstates

NSW Team

Surf Life Saving NSW is pleased to announce the 24-strong team who will compete next month at the 2019 Interstate Championships in Newport.

New South Wales (NSW) is looking to retain the Interstate trophy for yet another year with a strong team of experienced and emerging athletes, some of who are shaping up to be the best new talent in surf sports.

The depth of talent in the squad is impressive. Many selected athletes have just returned from their Australian campaign at the World Lifesaving Championships in Adelaide with reputable results under their belt.

Selectors are confident they have chosen a team with the quality to maintain Interstate Champion Status into 2019.

“Selecting a team isn’t an easy task. It was important to chose the strongest and most versatile team possible, and with Australian representative athletes like Sam Zustovich and Jemma Smith, we are looking race ready,” said NSW Surf Sports Development Coordinator Chiara Nowland.

“We’re looking forward to seeing what the team can do and would like to congratulate all those selected. We wish them and the coaching staff the very best of luck as they work to uphold their victory over Queensland.”

The Interstate Championships are a highlight of the surf sport representative season. Each state is allowed to field a maximum of 12 competitors (six male, six female) in the Open and Youth category.

NSW 2019 Interstate Open Team

Alex Rampoldi (North Cronulla)
Chloe Mannix-Power (Cronulla)
Naomi Scott (Manly)
Jemma  Smith (Umina)
Lizzie Welborn (North Bondi)
Madison Spencer (Newport)
Jackson Borg (Newport)
Max Brooks (Newport)
Mitchell Trim (Newport)
Jake Lynch (Newport)
Jay Furniss (Manly)
Blake Drysdale (Newport)

NSW 2019 Interstate Youth Team

Isabellah Walker (Cronulla)
Madison Louw (Newport)
Nicola Owen (Redhead)
Emily Doyle (Newport)
Leah Rampoldi   (North Cronulla)
Georgia Sinclair  (Wanda SLSC)
Sam Zustovich    (Mollymook)
Zach Morris (Newport)
Noah Havard (North Bondi)
Hugh McAlpine (Newport)
Jamee Smith (Wanda)
Bailey Johns (Avoca)

Team Management

Lead Coach; Jim Walker (North Bondi)
Assistant Coach; Scott Thomson (North Bondi)
Assistant Coach; Daniel Robberds (Mollymook)
Team Manager; Stephen Marley (Catherine Hill Bay)
Team Manager; Greg Pierce (Wanda)