Duo claims national medals
LIFE SAVING: Jeremy Rethamel shone at the Surf Life Saving (SLS) Australia Pool Rescue Championships, bagging three silver medals and one bronze in a robust all-round performance.
His Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club-mate Bonnie Stehbens also excelled, including claiming one silver and one bronze.
The championships were held at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra and SLS Queensland Wide Bay Capricorn Region Manager Craig Holden said they attended as members of the Queensland Country High Performance Squad, but competed for their individual clubs.
Rethamel, a St Luke’s Anglican School student, was very unlucky to miss out on a gold medal, finishing second in the under-17 male 100m manikin carry with fins, 100m rescue medley and 50m manikin carry.
He also placed third in the 100m manikin tow with fins and narrowly missed two more medals when fourth in both the 200m swim with obstacles and 50m swim with fins.
Stehbens claimed silver in the under-15 female 100m manikin tow with fins, beaten by a mere 0.03sec.
She also was a close third in the 50m manikin carry, fourth in the 50m swim with fins, fifth in the manikin carry with fins, all in her age category, and a very creditable sixth in the open female 200m Super Lifesaver event.
Holden said they had continued to train long and hard under the surf life saving “off-season” and they reaped the rewards.
“Their results were absolutely outstanding, bringing home six Australian championships medals between them and they did their club and the whole region very proud,” Holden said.
The dynamic duo, who are also training partners under Fairymead Swimming Club coach Paul Simms, have also been stars in surf events, including achieving big medal hauls as members of the Queensland Country team at the Arafura Games in Darwin in May.
Holden is also expecting big things from them in the new season of surf sports which will kick off in October.