WORTHY CHAMPS: Byron Bay surf lifesavers Josh Brown and Ela Heiniger, who did Australia proud in the Rescue 2014 Life Saving World Championships in France.
WORTHY CHAMPS: Byron Bay surf lifesavers Josh Brown and Ela Heiniger, who did Australia proud in the Rescue 2014 Life Saving World Championships in France. FILE

Byron teens win big at Surf Life Saving World Championships

BYRON BAY Surf Life Saving Club's Ela Heiniger and Josh Brown have secured a swag of medals at the Rescue 2014 Life Saving World Championships.

The 17-year-olds helped the Australian Youth Team to wins in the overall pointscore, ocean pointscore and pool pointscore.

Surf Life Saving Far North Coast branch administration director Debbie Pawsey congratulated the young athletes on their stellar performances in France.

"Not only did they excel on the world stage and become the ocean and pool champs, they were humble, professional and a joy to manage," she said.

"They are worthy world champs, but more importantly, excellent ambassadors for their sport and their country."

Heiniger won the rescue tube race, taplin relay, obstacles relay and 4 x 25m manikin relay.

She came second in the board race and sprint relay and third in the 100m rescue medley as well as coming second in individual board and 100m rescue medley in the interclub championships.

Heiniger is now the world champion under-19 Ironwoman.

She took to Facebook to cele-brate her haul of 11 medals.

"Got to stand on the podium one final time today with a second place in the 100m rescue medley!" she wrote.

"Stoked to be leaving Rescue 14 with 11 medals and a ton of memories I'll cherish forever. Thanks to everyone who helped create such a wonderful experience."

Ms Pawsey said Brown won the board race, taplin and 4 x 50m medley relay and came second in the oceanman, rescue tube race and 4 x 25m carry relay.

He came third in the simulated emergency response competition, super life saver and ski events.

In the interclub championships, Brown won the board race (making him youth world champion in national and interclub) and came third in the swim. He was named runner-up Under-19 Ironman.

Rescue 2014 was held at Montpellier and La Grande-Mott in France from September 14 to 26.



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