A LIFEGUARD is preparing to travel to the other side of the world to test his skills against the best in the world.
Andrew Kane, a member of Blyth Lifeguard and Swimming Club, beat off stiff competition to be selected for the Great Britain team at RESCUE 2012 World Life Saving Championships in Australia.
The event takes place in Adelaide from November 7 to 18, with Andrew being one of 12 Great Britain team members.
They will be up against more than 40 other nations including New Zealand, USA, South Africa and hosts Australia.
Athletes will compete in disciplines including swimming, simulated emergency rescue, Ironman, beach sprints, and surf swims on Glenelg and Christies beaches as well as at the Adelaide State Aquatic Centre.
Andrew, who has competed at Commonwealth and European Championships, has won British titles and holds a number of national records.
The Commonwealth medal holder said: “We have an exciting team with a host of new faces. The combination of experience and new young talent is going to give us a great chance to push for an overall medal.”
Michele Weedy, Blyth Lifeguard and Swimming Club captain, said: “It is the first time in the club’s history that a member has been selected for the World Team, it is an honour for both Andrew and the club.
“Andrew has put in a tremendous amount of training and has competed at the highest level all season to secure his place in the team, with this we hope he can bring back a medal in the club’s golden anniversary year.”