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GBR High Performance Lifesaving – Test 2
GBR Lifesaving announced in 2017 that a Squad would be formed to develop athletes for international competition at European and World Lifesaving Championships. Further, GBR announced that the only route for GBR Team selection was for an athlete to be selected for the Squad first.
The GBR Squad has been formed taking account of 2017 results. In addition all athletes selected to represent GBR at the 2017 European Championships automatically received a Squad place. Squad places are only available for athletes who are confirming that they are available for international selection. If you are not available for selection to race in European Youth Lifesaving Championships in September (Ireland) or World Youth and World Open Lifesaving Championships in November (Australia), please do not enter the GBR Tests. The GBR Tests are not national ranking events, they are provided for Squad athletes to race each other and non-Squad athletes to demonstrate their athletic ability to GBR coaches with the aim of securing a Squad place
The GBR Teams for European Youth Lifesaving Championships 2018 in Limerick, Ireland, World Youth Lifesaving Championships and World Open Lifesaving Championships 2018 in Adelaide, Australia, will be selected from the Squad. These Teams will be announced early July
The Squad is formed to offer support to the athletes the coaches believe have the highest potential to succeed. GBR coaches will observe the Squad athletes racing at a range of competitions this year, follow results achieved and run a number of Squad training sessions
We ask all squad athletes to:
- commit to continue their weekly training to maintain fitness, stamina and develop their lifesaving skills
- commit to enter as many events and competitions as they can, to continue to demonstrate to the GBR coaches their commitment to competitive lifesaving sport
- commit to develop their skill set and aim to increase their athletic potential with the aim of being selected to represent Great Britain at international lifesaving events
- agree to send all results gained at competition to the GBR Manager, Sara Garner, as soon as the athlete completes a competition, so these can be recorded on the athlete profile
- abide by the GBR Code of Conduct at all times to protect the athletes eligibility for Team selection and maintain their place in the Squad
GBR will monitor Squad athlete progress and a Squad review will take place in July. Any Squad athlete who is not committed to competing in as many lifesaving events as they can, may be asked to step down from the Squad so the place can be taken by another athlete who is demonstrating commitment and achieving results
Squad athletes who continue to compete, will retain their Squad place, no matter their results.
A further Squad review will take place in November 2018
Athletes who are not in the starting Squad, will have an opportunity to be invited to join the Squad in May (following the national stillwater competitions – Speeds 2018 & SLSGB nationals), and again in July following the three GBR one-day Tests
If you would like to be conisdered for the Squad, please select the race disciplines you want to enter for GBR Test Two using this form
ALL athletes must register on the day and attend warm-up and water safety briefing – no excuses.
Notes will be sent to Selectors if you are late. If you miss the warm-up you will NOT be permitted to race at all by GBR Team Manager
Athletes – this is YOUR chance to prove your athletic ability – not just physically, but in your preparation. Selectors want to see you prepared and ready. If you are selected for GBR at Europeans or Worlds, you will be expected to be ready to race. You will be expected to be on the poolside/beachside early for warm-up and prep ahead of racing. International racing will not wait for you. We are helping you prepare now.
The races will be run as follows:
12pm Test start
Flags 1 (athletes declaring for Round 1 must also declare for Round 2)
Surf 1 (athletes declaring for Round 1 must also declare for Round 2)
Flags 2 (athletes declaring for Round 1 must also declare for Round 2)
Surf 2 (athletes declaring for Round 1 must also declare for Round 2)
** Please Note** GBR reserves the right to change the running order subject to weather and ocean conditions and availability of voluntary support crew to run the Test
The Test will run under ILS rules and will be overseen by a Referee
The courses will be set according to the ILS rulebook
Wetsuits (neoprene) is permitted, however NO boots, hoods or gloves are allowed
All athletes must wear a hi-vis rash vest over wetsuits – any hi-vis yellow, pink or orange is allowed. Athletes must also wear their club ocean caps in all races (not just silicone swim caps)
All athletes should hold the relevant current surf competency award for each race they enter
All athletes must bring their own race gear to the competition and it must comply with international race rules. GBR will be scrutinising racing craft
All results will be recorded (in writing) by GBR and banked for Selectors to use.
GBR will endeavour to photograph and film all races where possible
Note the running order and number of events will potetially be different for each Test at the discretion of GBR