Courtesy: USA Lifesaving Association
Twelve rising stars in the USLA Surf Lifesaving Sport scene have been selected to represent the United States on the USLA Youth National Team competing in the World Lifesaving Championships, November 22, 2018, to November 26, 2018, in Adelaide, Australia. Six male and six female athletes will take on the best the world has to offer in a variety of surf lifesaving and pool lifesaving competitions.
The twelve young athletes are already seasoned beach competitors having performed extremely well at the 2018 USLA National Lifeguard Championships held in early August in Virginia Beach, VA. Not only did many shine in the U19 competition but a number also swam, paddled, skied and ran with some of the best in the Open Championship after the U19 competition was complete. With a little less than three months to prepare, each athlete is pushing their training to the max to prepare for the competition of a lifetime.
Head Coach Casey Graham remarked, “we are excited to see these select athletes compete against the world’s best youth teams, but more importantly come together as a team and proudly represent the US.”
Joining Casey in Australia will be Team Manager Gus Avila and Assistant Coach Alan Holt.
The Lifesaving World Championships are held every two years bringing the top surf lifesaving athletes together for over two weeks of competition and camaraderie.
Female Youth Team
Sophia Arky, LA County Surf Lifesaving Association, CA
Gwen Bencie, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Sydney Brouwer, LA County Surf Lifesaving Association, CA
Lila Ferraro, Hampton Lifeguard Association, NY
Katelyn Nimsky, LA County Surf Lifesaving Association, CA
Emma Sainsbury Carter, California State Surf Lifesaving, CA
Male Youth Team
Zane Booth, Santa Barbara, CA
Chasen Dubs, Hampton Lifeguard Association, NY
Jeff Hass, California State Surf Lifesaving, CA
Mark Modzelewski, Hollywood, FL
Danny Gonzalez, LA County Surf Lifesaving Association, CA
Malcom Wilkie, Hollywood, FL
The United States Lifesaving Association is America’s nonprofit professional association of beach lifeguards and open water rescuers. The USLA works to reduce the incidence of death and injury in the aquatic environment through public education, national lifeguard standards, training programs, promotion of high levels of lifeguard readiness, and other means.