Making a splash at championships

Members of Blyth Lifeguard and Swimming Club at the RLsS UK national lifesaving championships.
Members of Blyth Lifeguard and Swimming Club at the RLsS UK national lifesaving championships.
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A team of lifeguards made a splash after topping a national competition with their life-saving skills.

Blyth Lifeguard and Swimming Club took part in the recent RLsS UK national lifesaving championships and brought home a number of successes.

The team of 15 had their abilities tested in an unknown aquatic situation rescuing seven casualties, some of whom were injured and unconscious, as well as first aid tests, equipment challenges and swimming disciplines.

Junior girls Ellie Dickerson-Weedy and Anya Christopher were crowned national junior girl champions while Jessica Little and Aimee Gordon won the aquatic initiative and finished fifth overall.

Junior boys Isadore Dickerson Weedy and Matthew Guy finished with a bronze in the aquatic initiative and silver in the line throw.

Senior girls Beth and Cadie Chandler and Rebecca Douglas and Beth Little battled it out to be crowned national champions. Beth and Cadie won the aquatic initiative, silver in the life support to win the national championships ahead of Beth and Rebecca.

Ladies individual Sam Carpenter finish fourth overall with four points splitting the top four, finishing ahead of teammate Jess Parker.

In the men’s individual, Keiran Falcus missed out on third overall by one point.

The team collectively won the top regional trophy.

In the Masters age group, Gavin Little, returning to the lifesaving championships after a break of 13 years, finished in fourth place on countback.

Linda Taylor moved up an age group (50-59) and had another great competition with two golds in the life support and line throw, for third place overall.

In the National Simulated Emergency Response Competition, Blyth had four junior teams and two open teams.

Once again the juniors proved they are a great team and with very little training together the team captained by Cadie Chandler, Ellie Dickerson Weedy, James Wells and Callum Gilroy finished with a silver medal.

Blyth Lifeguard and Swimming Club train every Wednesday at 7.15pm at Blyth Sports Centre.