Avoca’s two-time Australian champion Lachlan Tame claimed his debut World Lifesaving Single Ski Championship over the weekend.
Tame celebrated his 24th birthday in style overcoming an all-star field including 2 Olympic gold medallists to claim the win at Christies Beach, in Adelaide.
He then declared he would dedicate the next four years of his life to making the Australian team for the Rio Games.
“Kayaking isn’t as much fun as paddling in the surf but it’s something i’ve got to do”, Tame said.
“I have to train for the next four years and try to make that next Olympic team.
“Coming here and winning this world title against a field like this is pretty special when you stop and think about it and it sure sits nicely next to my two Aussie titles.”
Tame blasted off the start in choppy millpond conditions, holding on to beat a fast finishing Cory Hill with former British paddler Dan Humble in third.
London gold medallist, Tate Smith finished fourth.
London Olympian, Naomi Flood won her third world title claiming the win to add to her 2008 & 2010 titles.
“It was important to execute a good jump start and get off the beach as best I could.” Flood said
” I think I did that OK and it was a matter of getting into my rhythm and doing my own thing”
Flood was never headed in an impressive display of power paddling to win comfortably ahead of Coolangatta Gold winner Brodie Moir and a fast finishing Hannah Minogue.
Beijing bronze medallist Hannah Davis finished fourth.
The Youth finals saw Warilla Barrack Point paddler, Kirsty Higgison notch the win for the NSW South Coast, following in her parents sporting footsteps.
Higgison is the 19-year-old daughter of 1984 Los Angeles Olympic swimming silver medallist Karen Phillips.
It was the most convincing paddle of the day by Higgison who paddled away from the Youth field to win by 50 metres from Danielle McMahon (Wanda) and Teisha Jenkins (Mooloolaba).
Rescue 2012 Adelaide provided fierce competition and was deemed a raging success by tournament organisers.