Lifeguards from HBF Arena and HBF Stadium have finished in first and third place in the 2019 Pool Lifeguard Challenge, with the HBF Arena team successfully defending their 2018 title.

Hosted by Royal Life Saving WA and the Leisure Institute of WA, the Lifeguard Challenge tests the skills of those involved and provides an opportunity for continual improvement for professional lifeguard teams throughout Western Australia.

17 teams competed in the challenge, including two from HBF Arena and one from HBF Stadium.

The winning team, HBF Arena Team 1, consisted of Leigha Wood, Paolo da Silva and returning members Lewis Downes and Kieren Lawrenson.

The HBF Stadium was made up of Thomas Wagstaff, Alex Coulter, Sofia Chaves and Lachlan Tassell.

A second HBF Arena team also performed well and included Anna Jamieson, James Claxton, Arnold Buys and Brooke Taylor.

Participants are challenged across all aspects of being a pool lifeguard such as observation, teamwork, fitness and first aid and resuscitation skills.

VenuesWest CEO David Etherton was delighted with the result, “I’m incredibly proud of the performance of our lifeguards today. To have three teams entered in the Challenge is testament to the depth of skills across our venues. To place so strongly is great recognition of the knowledge and experience of our lifeguards.”

“Thank you to Royal Life Saving WA and the Leisure Institute of WA for providing this essential annual event, helping to ensure safer pools for the community.”

Winning HBF Arena team captain Kieren Lawrenson has been working as a lifeguard at HBF Arena since October 2016 and is a familiar face to regular visitors to the venue. Kieren is one of two team members to return to defend their title. “We were delighted to win last year and knew it would be tough to win two in a row. I’m proud of the team, who have dedicated lots of their free time to training for this event.”

VenuesWest delivers world class sport and entertainment experiences across its portfolio of thirteen venues and is a proud supporter of Western Australia’s high performance athletes.