NORTHERN suburbs champions Jake Smith and Chalise Pratt were stars for the WA team that took silver at the Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships.
Held at HBF Stadium in Mt Claremont, the competition featured 16 WA lifesavers taking on the best from around the country over three days of events covering under-14s, 16s and 19s, open and masters.
WA’s representatives performed exceptionally well in front of a home crowd, claiming 18 gold, 14 silver and 13 bronze medals, to come second overall to NSW.
Smith, of Hillarys, and Pratt, of Sorrento, were named the male and female lifesavers of the meet.
Smith won three gold, one silver and one bronze medal along with five team gold medals and was awarded the men’s open individual overall championship.
Pratt won two gold, two silver and two bronze medals along with two gold, three silver and one bronze team medals and was awarded the women’s under-19 individual overall championship.
Harrison Hynes, of Rossmoyne, also performed well with three gold, one silver and one bronze medal as well as five gold and one silver team medals and being named the men’s under-19 individual overall champion, as did Doubleview’s Morgan Knox with three silver and one bronze medal and two gold, three silver and one bronze team medal and winning the women’s under-16 individual overall championship.
TJ Chong Sue, of Nedlands, also won bronze in the men’s under-19 individual overall championship after winning two bronze medals alongside five gold and one silver team medals.
Other winners included Lily Moore, of Palmyra, with three bronze medals and three gold and two silver team medals, Kelton Rothnie, of Como, with one gold and two silver medals and two gold and two silver team medals, Phoebe Ashworth, of Yangebup, with one bronze, two team gold and two team silver medals, Scarborough’s Abbey Hull with two team silver and one team bronze medals, and Sorrento’s Liam Foley with two team gold and silver medals.
Will Savage, of Trigg, Josh Windsor, of Karrinyup, and Adam Moore, of Palmyra won two team gold medals, while Cottesloe’s Alecia Anderson won one, Dayna Tindall, of Hillarys, won two silver team medals, and Duncraig’s Elise Airey won one bronze team medal.
WA’s team also placed gold in the interstate under-19 and interstate men’s overall championships, silver in the interstate under-16 championship and bronze in the CPR overall open team, interstate open and interstate women’s overall championships.
Several team members were also named in the Australian team for their age group, to take part in upcoming events including Jake Smith, Chalise Pratt, TJ Chong Sue, Harrison Hynes, Kelton Rothnie and Morgan Knox.