A YOUNG Girlguiding leader in Cramlington has been in South Africa taking part in a major competition.
Lauren Carroll competed in the Royal Lifesaving Society Commonwealth championships in Durban.
Having participated in the national finals and then attended a selection day in June, Lauren was thrilled to learn she had been chosen for the England team.
She was in three relay events and went on to pick up a third and fourth place with her fellow team members.
Lauren, a member of Blyth Lifeguard and Swimming Club, not only trains to develop her own skills of life-saving and competitive swimming, but also instructs the six to 12 age group members at the club.
Into this busy schedule of swimming activities Lauren has continued to be an active member of Girlguiding.
Having been a rainbow, brownie and guide, she is currently working towards the completion of her Young Leader’s Award before commencing her Adult Leadership Certificate with 6th Cramlington Guides.
Guide leader Elizabeth Golding said: Lauren takes an active part in planning a variety of activities for the unit and particularly enjoys working with the younger guides.
“We are very proud of Lauren’s achievement and are really excited for her.”
The Royal Lifesaving Society is the Commonwealth’s largest water-safety education, life-saving and lifeguard training organisation and is represented in more than 50 diverse countries.
In preparation for the championship, Lauren attended a three-day training course.