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Athlete Development Pathways

Athlete Development Pathways

The Aquatic Sport Development Panel has worked on a revised Athlete Development Pathway Program to provide the best opportunities to a wider group of Victorian athletes.  This program is initially directed at Summer Beach & Water Athletes with Pool, IRB and Surfboats to be included in future revisions once programs are designed by each relevant panel.

The Athlete Pathway Program comprises two (2) tiers to cater for athletes at each level of the pathway. The numbers within each tier are determined by the selection criteria and the available resources, and thus may vary from year to year. The two tiers are described in brief and the selection criteria are detailed below.

Please note that achieving the criteria below does not guarantee selection. Invitations and final selection is at the discretion of the LSV Development Panel.

Athlete Development Pathway Program Description & Criteria
 Program is capped by gender per age group, based on the criteria outlined



The High Performance Surf & Beach program is designed to complement the core role played by an athlete’s home-coach. The program is focused on and designed to extend the skills of committed participants by allowing them to train with other top-level athletes, and to be coached by quality coaches outside of their normal club environment. Athletes must be committed to the program with the aim to attend a minimum of 80% of the sessions outlined below, unless difficult, unusual, or unforeseen circumstances arise.

Under 13 to Open Athletes (season 2023/2024)
Medallist or Top 20 Australian Open Championships (Individual) based on previous 3 seasons results (2023/2022/2021)
Top 10 at 2022-2023 Summer of Surf/Nutrigrain Series Events (Individual) or other
2022/2023 Victorian Open Championships results – (Individual) Medallist
2022/2023 Victorian Open Championships (individual) based on previous 3 seasons results (2023/2022/2021) – to be considered
2022/2023 Interstate carnival results (Individual)
Previous State Team Selection
Commitment to full program
#see note below

#see note below


The Purpose of the Winter Development Squad is to:
1. Provide an opportunity for technique development and understanding of the
disciplines in lifesaving.
2. Expose athletes and coaches to new opportunities and experiences to further
their development
3. Provide development in the winter months (off season) and to ensure athlete
and coach connection with lifesaving and to promote meaningful contact
between coaches and athletes.
4. Develop the skills of all lifesaving athletes to continue throughout the pathway
program to State and National competition
5. Create a state pool of coaches in all disciplines
Winter Development Squad – Open to U12-17 athletes (2023/2024 season), all disciplines.  Athletes to apply and selection will be based on their applications
Financial Member of a Victorian Lifesaving Club
Be in good standing with their club and LSV
Endorsement required from Club Committee Member & submitted with application
Completion of Application & Athlete Survey
Commitment to the full program (5 sessions), unless unforeseen circumstances arise
Commitment to the Victorian 2023/2024 Carnival Season

Eligibility for High Performance Program
To be eligible for selection an athlete must:
1. Be a current registered member of a Victorian Life Saving Club
2. Competed at the 2023 Victorian Junior/Senior Life Saving Championships
3. Aged 12 & Over  (ages based on 2023/2024 competition season i.e. U13)
4. Be a good standing member of your Life Saving Club
5. Athletes should have a coach, who is ‘accredited’ by SLSA and holds a current membership with a Life Saving Club (athletes who do no not have a coach are still eligible, noting that the program encourages athletes to have engagement with an accredited coach. LSV can assist coaches achieve their accreditation


Please note that achieving the above criteria does not guarantee selection. Final selection is at the discretion of the LSV Development Panel.  The Panel may look at selection of athletes that perform highly and have a high commitment to lifesaving sport, training, leadership, and good sportsmanship that may not meet the above criteria.

For High Performance Program - the Athlete selection based on performances at the 2023 Victorian Championships will look at medals in the following order along with above criteria until places selected (a medallist does not guarantee a spot). Disciplines:  Board, Swim, Ski, Sprints & Flags

1. Gold Medal/s
2. Silver Medal/s
3. Bronze Medal/s
4. Finalist Position

Invitations for the High Performance Program will be emailed by Friday 23 June 2023.

Winter Development information will be distributed via circular on approximately 28 June 2023.


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 Centre.

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 2022 is set at $15 per person per session.

Please contact sport@lsv.com.au to register your interest or for any further questions in regards to the Victorian Pool Training Squad.

State Teams

State Teams

2022-2023 State Team & Athlete Development Pathway Handbook

The Victorian State Team is our ‘beach/surf’ state team which competes annually in the SLSA Interstate Championships.

The Victorian SLSA Pool State Team is our pool team which competes annually at the SLSA Australian Pool Rescue Championships.

The Victorian RLSSA Pool State Team is our pool team which competes annually at the RLSSA Australian Pool Championships.

The 2022 Team is listed below:

First Name Surname Club
Lisa Ferguson Mordialloc
Reidel Smith Half Moon Bay
Stephanie Reade Ocean Grove
James Petropolous Mordialloc
Chris Petropolous Mordialloc
Luke Lineham Mordialloc
Cameron Bladen Mordialloc
Josh Patterson Torquay
Rose Bentley Mordialloc
Paige Holt Mordialloc
Heath Corry Altona
Oscar Skehan Point Leo
Sophie Pinkerton Mordialloc
Jemma Holt Mordialloc


First Name Surname Position / Club
James Evans Head Coach/ Mordialloc
Mark Patterson State Team Manager / Torquay


Victorian RLSSA Pool State Development Team for the 2022 Championships


First Name Surname Club
Kieran Roach Mordialloc
Cooper Roach Mordialloc
Tom Frisby Williamstown
Brydie Logan Williamstown
Anna Weddell Half Moon Bay
Georgina Laws Black Rock
Sienna Wood Mordialloc
Massimo Lancia Mornington
Carla Drury Elwood
Tallulah Rush Jan Juc
Emma Hende Black Rock
Teagan Reade Ocean Grove
Milla Clark Point Leo
Mem Johnson Ocean Grove
Georgie McIntyre Ocean Grove
Raphael Rush Jan Juc
Angus Liddell Mentone
William Goldstraw Ocean Grove
James McGrath Black Rock
First Name Surname Position / Club
Chris Petropoulos Coach Development Team / Mordialloc
Rosie Lennox Team Manager Development Team/ South Melbourne


Victorian Youth Pathway Cup Team

The Victorian Surf Boat Team competes in the Interstate Championship section of the ASRL Open each year.

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).


The Victorian IRB State & Development Team competes at the SLSA IRB Interstate Championships, held on the Friday before the Australian IRB Championships. 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 is just as much about camaraderie and sharing ideas because there are significant differences in the way lifesaving systems worked in Australia and the US.