He's prepped for success
SELECTION in the Surf Life Saving Australia national high-performance squad has capped off a spectacular year for Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club's Jeremy Rethamel.
The pool rescue specialist is the only surf lifesaving competitor from the Bundaberg region to be selected in the elite national squad.
The high performance squad will help to fine-tune his skills in the lead-up to Rescue 2012, the biennial world championships in Adelaide in November.
Rethamel said the high performance program would allow him to kick his training program up a notch and gauge his ability against the best in the nation.
"I'm really happy to have been called up for it," he said.
"It's a great opportunity and a chance to try to boost my performance."
As part of the development squad, Rethamel will travel to attend regular training camps, where emerging champions of the sport will train with specialist coaches from across the nation.
Rethamel has thrust himself into prominence in the past year with successful campaigns in the Australian Pool Rescue Championships, held last August in Canberra, and a strong performance in the New Zealand Pool Rescue Championships in Hamilton in October.
He claimed a haul of four medals at the Australian championships, including silver medals in the 100m mannequin carry with fins, 100m medley rescue and 50m mannequin carry.
From there, he was selected in the under-19 development squad and claimed five medals in New Zealand, including a gold medal for his role in the 4x25 manikin carry relay team and silver in the 100m mannequin tow with fins and 4x 50m obstacle.
Rethamel said he had been aided in his success by the hard work of his surf lifesaving coach, Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club's Craig Holden, and his pool coach, Fairymead Swimming Club's Paul Simms.
"I've been pretty lucky with all the help I've had along the way," he said. "I don't think I would have been able to do it without them."
Holden, who is also Queensland Surf Life Saving's Wide Bay Capricorn regional manager, said Rethamel would be an exciting prospect in Rescue 2012.
"Selection in the high performance squad is another feather in his cap after a pretty stellar 12 months," he said.