Surf Life Saving Australia and Royal Life Saving Society – Australia, are pleased to announce the appointment of Kurt Wilson and Craig Holden as the Australian Lifesaving Team and Australian Youth Lifesaving Team Head Coaches for the 2024 campaign period.
Kurt Wilson has been re-appointed as Head Coach for the Australian Life Saving Team off the back of the record-breaking results achieved at the 2022 Life Saving World Championships in Riccione, Italy. The Team successfully claimed the win last year by a margin of 150 points over rival nation New Zealand. The 2024 campaign will be Kurt’s third at the helm of the Australian Life Saving Team since being appointed in 2017.
“I am very excited about the appointment, and I look forward to putting in place a program and the platforms that will allow the athletes to achieve the best possible results in what is a great time for the sport,” Wilson said.
With the next World Championships event set to take place on the Gold Coast, Queensland, in 2024, Wilson is excited by the opportunity to showcase the sport at an international level on home soil.
“We have a great group of athletes at the top who are coming off winning the 2022 Lifesaving World Championships, as both the Open & Youth World Champions. I’m sure we will maximise the potential and legacy of the home event for the LWC2024 Gold Coast”.
“We have made big leaps forward in the last few cycles. To be crowned number one Pool Rescue team in the world in Italy 2022, along with number one, Ocean / Beach team in the world is a good reward for the hard work over the last half decade by everyone involved in the program, past and present,” Wilson added.
Craig Holden has been reappointed to lead the Youth Team at a home World Championships in 2024. Having been appointed Assistant Coach in 2014 and Head Coach of the incredibly successful Youth Team in 2022, Craig is thrilled to be working with the next generation over the next 18 months during the selection process for the Lifesaving World Championships.
“I am very honoured and excited to have been re-appointed as the Australian Youth Lifesaving Team Head Coach and I am looking forward to showcasing our talent and competing on home soil in 2024 as we work towards retaining our status as World Champions,” said Holden.
Assistant Coaches, Selectors and Team Management positions will be announced once decisions are made on these key roles and positions.