South Coast surfers Sally Fitzgibbons and Owen Wright have been named part of a six strong Aussie contingent for the World Surfing Games to be held in Japan in September.
The South Coast duo join Ryan Callinan, Nikki Van Dijk, Stephanie Gilmore and Julian Wilson on Team Australia.
The 2019 World Surfing Games forms part of the criteria for Olympic qualification as Tokyo 2020 and Surfing’s debut looms with powerhouse nations Brazil, the United States and Australia to use the event in Japan as a rehearsal for the big show.
Defending World Surfing Games gold medallist Sally Fitzgibbons said the team environment is unique to the sport.
“We don’t get to experience that team culture as a group very often.
"To come together as Aussies and really have that intention of being there for each other and our country is powerful.
“I think the rehearsal vibe for what an Olympic Games would be like and the energy at this year’s ISA World Games is going to be perfect to continue to build the performance culture within Team Australia,” Fitzgibbons said.
Image: ISA Blainey Woodham