Local lifesaver among our nation’s very best

Local lifesaver among our nation’s very best

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Harrison Hynes is an up-and-coming lifesaver in the sport. Photograph — Richard Polden.

Residents of Rossmoyne can swim safely with the knowledge that Harrison Hynes is there to help.

The 17-year-old lifesaver recently returned from representing in Europe and has just competed in the Australian Pool Life Saving Championships on his home ground in Perth at HBF Stadium.

The competition has been run annually since 1965 and moves to a new state each year, featuring events such as a manikin tow, CPR, obstacle relays and line throws.

The teenager, who takes part in pool sessions about 10 times a week, explained his feelings about being selected to represent WA at the national competition.

“I’m proud to represent Western Australia, this is a great opportunity,” he said.

He went on to talk about the experience swimming for Australia in Europe has given him.

“It also gave me a chance to really push my skills and this paid off with some amazing personal bests,” he said.

“This has also been an amazing opportunity to meet other athletes from Australia and around the world.”

Coach Andrew Ridley discussed the importance of the competition for Harrison in
his aim of getting into future national teams.

“Harrison has worked really hard over the last 12 months to develop and improve,” he said.

“His competition is really strong but he has cemented himself as one of the countries up and coming athletes.”

Mr Ridley also highlighted the strength of the whole WA team in the competition.

“We have developed a strong depth of athletes across all levels,” he said.

“This coupled with the newer and developing athletes puts WA in a really healthy position leading into to Australian Championships.”