Life-saver is the best in the country

A teenage life-saver from south east Northumberland has been named the best in the country.

Mitchell McCallum was named the top under-18 champion for life-saving at a national event.

The 17-year-old, from Ashington, won the accolade at the London Olympics pool last week after taking part in the Royal Life Saving Society’s National Speed competition.

Mitchell, who is a member of Blyth Swimming and Lifeguard Club, took part in a series of life-saving activities where he came out top nationally.

His mum, Melanie, said: “The club is the top in the country, and the coach is amazing and her associates.

“They are high calibre coaching staff.”

Mitchell took part in the World Championships last year and is now preparing to be involved in the European championships in Wales later this year.

“He has been a lifeguard at Whitley Bay beach and he would love to be a pool lifeguard,” added Melanie.

Mitch said: “I am so happy to have won the trophy and the title.

“It is due to a lot of hard work form my life-saving coach Michelle Weedy, and swimming coach John Sim.

“I’m very proud to bring the trophy back to Ashington and win it for his team, and I hope it will inspire others to try to be the best they can be.”