Our Provincial team made us proud in Australia
The Lifesaving World Championships 2018 were held in Adelaide, Australia, from November 16 to December 2. More than 5,000 athletes from 44 different countries converged to Glenelg Beach to face the world’s best lifesaving sport athletes.
The schedule of this large-scale competition was divided into 7 blocks and the Canadians were participating in 3 categories: Masters, National Team and Inter Club teams.
For the masters, the Canadian delegation was comprised of 10 Quebeckers who had to face bad weather during the beach events.
Among them, Stéphanie Labelle, from Saint-Félicien, had a successful competition week, taking home 12 medals. Among other highlights, she obtained the bronze medal for Oceanwoman, the peak event of these championships and the gold medal for Line Throw, which she won with her teammate Manon Fournier.
We would also like to highlight the exceptional performance of Frédérick Fortin, who earned the 4th place for the Oceanman event in the 35-39 year-old category.
Still for the Masters, but in Pool events, Martin Goulet took the bronze medal for the Towing with fins event for the men in the 45-49 year-old category. A well-deserved medal for this representative from Gatineau. For the men in the 60-64 year-old category, Daniel Bérubé and his teammates took place on the steps of the podium 4 times for their results in all relay events.
Inter Club teams
In this category, our 5 representatives from Quebec, all from the Club Narval Sauvetage sportif, went up against the best of the best in this discipline. Their personal goals were not based on the final ranking, but rather on their individual performances.
For our Quebeckers, the competition started with the Simulated Emergency Response Competition (SERC) event. Despite the language barriers and the size of the pool, the team, comprised of Coralie Dion, Léony Gobeil, Julia Tremblay and Michaël Simard finished 7th.
For the Beach Relay, Coralie Dion and Anne-Sophie Lepage climbed up to the 3rd step of the podium thanks to a flawless performance.
Léony Gobeil and Julia Tremblay, dynamic duo, obtained the 2nd position for the Line Throw with a record time of 14.99 seconds, a new record for this team of athletes originating from Alma.
National Team – Open
For this category, three Quebeckers were part of the Canadian delegation: Sarah-Laurence Morin, Sandrine Hamel and Alexandre Dauphin-Laprise, who was participating in his first international competition.
Thanks to an exceptional performance, Sandrine Hamel slipped into the 6th place of the finals for the Surf Ski Race event, which is usually dominated by Australia and New Zealand. She also managed to make it to the finals for the Oceanwoman event, for which she earned 15th place.
During the Mixed Ocean Lifesaver Relay, Alexandre Dauphin-Laprise, Sandrine Hamel and Canadians Ali Ferguson and Jessey Elf qualified for the finals and made it to the 14th place.
Sarah-Laurence Morin stood out during the Surf Race event by qualifying for the finals.
National Team – Youth (15-18)
The Youth national team, in which Manuelle Charbonneau, from Val d’Or, competed, started with a bang by earning the bronze medal on the first day of competitions, during the Simulated Emergency Response Competition (SERC) event.
The Canadian hymn resounded a few days later thanks to her exceptional performance who broke the world record for Line Throw, a new high for this athlete from Val-d’Or.
We would like to congratulate all of the Canadian delegation, which never ceases to challenge the limits of lifesaving sport, the only sport whose purpose is to save lives.