Aussies Are Odds-On Favorites In Egypt

Aussies Are Odds-On Favorites In Egypt

The number one ranked Australian Lifesaving Team will head to Alexandria, Egypt in October as the odds-on favorite to defend their title at the World Life Saving Championships (Rescue 2010) where over 3,000 athletes from around the world will compete in the pool and ocean.

The ocean events will take place in Mamoura Beach where the tough Aussies will be led by World Ironman Champion Shannon Eckstein and World Ironwoman Champion Naomi Flood, NSW Ironman Champion Chris Allum and Australian Ironwoman Champion Kristyl Smith.

Although teams from New Zealand and Italy will give the Aussies some competition, Australian Team Captain Shannon Eckstein sounds confident. “I think New Zealand will push us all the way once again – they have a very strong squad who are good in both the pool and surf. The Trans-Tasman rivalry always makes competition interesting. We’ll also need to keep an eye on Italy and Germany – they have set an extremely high standard in the pool and will be looking to assert some authority there. The wildcards are definitely China, they were really impressive at the World Games last year, and I think they will have progressed even more. [But] we’ll be going to Egypt with a very strong team and I’m confident in this group’s ability to defend our title.”

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