Success for Blyth in life saving championship

Blyth Lifeguard and Swimming Club enjoyed a successful weekend in the 2012 Olympic swimming pool in London.

They were competing against other teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland in the Royal Life Saving UK National Championships.

Mitchell McCallum was the best performer, winning all five age group events in a strong field of 70+ in the 15 to 17 year boys category. He was awarded the Patricia Memorial Trophy for top under 18 competitor.

Another who went undefeated was Rachel Carroll, 17, as Blyth had 11 swimmers in the top 50 athletes.

There was gold medal success for Beth and Cadie Chandler, Emma Wilkinson, Mark Chandler, Russell Parker, Graeme Carlyle, Myles Strudwick, Janine Graham, Maureen Harrison, Julie Whyman and Linda Taylor.

There were also medals for Emma Wilkinson, Rhiannah McCourt, Jessica Little, Ellie Dickerson-Weedy, Jessie Meeson, Alfie Meeson, James Wells, Joseph Huntley, Jessica Parker, Rebecca Douglas, Chelsea Whyman, Cadie Chandler, Beth Little, Megan Macnaught, Ryan Dixon, Matthew Douglas, Callum Gilroy, Caroline Guy, Heather Graham, Stephanie English and Joanne Drysdale

Mitch McCallum, Rachel Carroll, Emma Wilkinson, Beth Little, Jessica Parker, Alfie Meeson, James Wells, Rebecca and Matthew Douglas, and Callum Gilroy have all been selected for the performance squad for 2015/16 where they will receive training and specialist support.

Blyth Lifeguards’ next event is open and masters British still waters championships.