LSV facilitates a number of development squads through the year which aim to supplement the training athletes receive at their clubs. These squads aim to improve the overall skill level of athletes and assist athletes in making State Team’s in their chosen discipline.
The Highest individual honor within the state is to represent Victoria against the rest of Australia. Life Saving Victoria’s State Team athletes range from U/13 to Open ages and compete at a number of different interstate and international competitions throughout the season.
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Athlete Development Pathways
Victorian Development Squad:
The Victorian Development Squad is available to all members aged U12-U15. The Squad provides athletes with additional coaching and skill training opportunities throughout the winter. The program includes surf skills, cross training, pool training and competition training and is directed to assist junior athletes in improving their skills and abilities.
Victorian Youth High Performance Squad:
The Youth High Performance Squad is selected based on results from U12-U14 athletes during the State Championships. The squad aims to provide athletes with coaching and skills training from some of the best coaches in the state, and prepare athletes for the Australian Youth Championships and the Southern State Challenge whilst competing for the Victorian Development Team.
Victorian Pool State Training Squad:
All members who are interested in Pool Swimming are invited to come to Victorian Pool Squad Training on Sunday evenings at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Center.
U14’s and beginners train from 5-5.45pm, the main squad trains from 5.45-7pm. All athletes are required to assist with entry and lane hire cost for the training via contributions before each session. The current fee for 2015 is set at $10 per person per session.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest or for any further questions in regards to the Victorian Pool Training Squad.
The Victorian State Team is our ‘beach/surf’ state team which competes annually in the SLSA Interstate Championships. In 2016 the team will compete on home sand at Torquay SLSC against the rest of Australia.
Watch this space for details about the team and selection trials.
The Victorian Pool State Team is our Pool team which competes annually at the RLSSA Australian Pool Championships. In 2015 SLSA also ran an Interstate competition as part of the SLSA Pool Rescue Championships after the pool component was removed from the SLSA Interstates. The Victorian Pool State Team has included a number of athletes who have progressed onto Australian Teams and Australian training squads in recent years.
For information about nominations for the 2016 Victorian Pool Team please see LSV Circular 052.09.15.
The Victorian Development Team competes in the annual Southern States Development Challenge. This Challenge is a development lifesaving competition between Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. In January 2016, the Southern States Challenge will be held here in Victoria, but the event generally rotates each year between the three states.
The Challenge runs over four days and includes Beach, Pool and First Aid events, plus exposure to a major event. Whilst the competition is a focal part of the Challenge, athletes are also exposed to development opportunities and form lasting friendships from their interstate counterparts.
The Victorian Surf Boat Team competes in the Interstate Championship section of the ASRL Open each year. In 2016, the ASRL Open will be held at Shellharbour in NSW, between February 19-21.
The Victorian Team will be made up of crews from all divisions (Open Men’s, Open Women’s, Reserve Grade, Under 23 Men’s, Under 23 Women’s, and U19’s). Details about Victorian Crew selections will be released shortly.
The Victorian IRB State Team competes at the SLSA IRB Interstate Championships, held on the Friday before the Australian IRB Championships. In 2014 and 2015 Victoria has managed to secure 2nd place overall behind their QLD counterparts. The Victorian IRB Team is made up of 16 competitors plus 2 spares, enough to fill a team in the IRB Relay.
The Victorian Wieland Shield Team competes biannually against a team of Californian Lifeguards. The event switches host nation each time, meaning every 4th year Victoria hosts the event. Competition for the Wieland Shield was conceived during Melbourne’s 1956 Olympic Games. Since 1967, the Los Angeles County Lifeguards and Life Saving Victoria have been exchanging competitive and educational tours on a biennial basis.
A perpetual trophy for competition was awarded during the visit of the USA team to Australia in 1967, which was made from Victorian red gum wood, and is retained by the winning team until the next opportunity comes up for competition between Victoria and the California. The idea for the trophy came from the then American Consul-General in Victoria, Mr W. A. Wieland.
The competition was just as much about camaraderie and sharing ideas because there are significant differences in the way lifesaving systems worked in Australia and the US.
For one, in the United States, lifeguards are recruited through the fire brigade and considered part of the emergency services, and they get paid.
The beaches of LA attract about 60 million visitors per year, and in summer they were “bumper-to-bumper” with people – many of whom have no idea how to swim.
Because so many people attended the LA beaches, flags are used only to separate surfers and swimmers.