Lollback to captain Australian team in Japan
FORMER Yamba Surf Club champion Jacob Lollback will captain the Australian Under-21 surf lifesaving team for the Sanyo Bussan International Lifesaving Cup in Japan on Sunday, September 7.
Lollback, a member of the unbeaten Australian team for the past three years, spent 12 years in the junior ranks at Yamba SLSC before transferring to Burleigh Heads-Mowbray Park SLSC last year.
He won three gold medals, three silver and a bronze at the 2008 Australian surf lifesaving titles in Perth in April.
The team of 10 has a North Coast flavor with former Sawtell competitors Courtney and Bonnie Hancock.
The five male and five female competitors will compete against teams from South Africa, the US, Great Britain, Japan and Hong Kong at Onjuku Beach in Chiba, 75km south-east of Tokyo.
The team is:
Jacob Lollback (captain) (Burleigh Heads), Kendrick Louis (Collaroy), Beau Cummins (Northcliffe), Dev Lahey (Northcliffe), Aaron Stubbs (Kurrawa), Liz Pluimers (Northcliffe) Courtney Hancock (Northcliffe), Bonnie Hancock (Northcliffe), Nikki Chapman (Swansea-Belmont), Elly Graf (Cronulla).
Manager: Keith Caldwell (Bulli).
Coach: Cassandra Sedgman (North Burleigh).
Teams compete in tube rescue, board rescue, beach relay, beach flags, taplin and ironman team events, and Lollback is confident of extending the unbeaten run to four years.
“South Africa and New Zealand are always strong rivals but we have a high quality team of Under-21 competitors more than capable of mixing it with older open teams,” Lollback said.
Lollback is training for the Coolangatta Gold on October 19 and with a strong fitness base built around training sessions over the full Gold 46km swim, board, ski, run course he is in good shape to lead the Australian team.