Of the 24-person team, 12 of whom are in the youth squad, two members of the Byron Bay Surf Club, Joshua Brown and Ela Heiniger, have been chosen to compete at the event that will take place between September 13 and 26 at Montpellier and La Grande-Mott and will attract the world’s best life savers from more than 100 countries.
Ela and Josh will compete in surf life saving open-water events as well as pool rescue events.
Both are 17 and compete in the U19 division. Although relatively young, they are experienced competitors, having come through the nippers from an early age.
Ela and Josh have achieved success at state and national levels, winning numerous medals over the past four years with success at the recent Australian Titles.