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Broadstairs Surf Lifesaving Club compete in first ever Eastern Regional Championships

posted 16 Oct 2018, 13:29 by Clare Warren   [ updated 16 Oct 2018, 13:29 ]

Broadstairs Surf Life Saving Club had a successful trip to Norfolk at the end of the summer season bringing home medals of every colour from the inaugural Surf Lifesaving GB Eastern Regional competition.

Our first ever nippers team kicked off the action on the beach at Sea Palling. We were the smallest team by far (in numbers not height) but our young clubbies took part in the board race, board rescue, beach sprints, beach flags and the team relay. Hannah had an amazing competition picking up silver in the girls board race and gold in the girls beach sprints, then teaming up with brother Joe to bring home bronze in the board rescue. Joe just missed out on the medals coming in fourth in both the boys board race and the boys beach sprints. Katie - our youngest clubbie took 5th place in the girls board race while Sam also came in 5th in the boys beach sprints. There were smiles all round at the end of a great morning of competition with all of the team feeling proud of their achievements.

The afternoon saw the senior teams in action competing in individual board races, beach flags, beach sprints and a run-swim run as well as a team board rescue, mixed ocean relay (board, swim, run) and team beach sprints.  The afternoon got off to a dramatic start with Matt bringing the team to a photo finish for third place in the mixed relay then injuring himself in the beach sprints and having to pull out early from the beach flags. Jonno brought home two individual gold medals in his first outing for Broadstairs leading the pack in both the mens run-swim-run and the board race. Jonno and Dave then teamed up to take another gold in the board rescue. A  great day of competition was finished off with a fourth gold medal as Clare joined Dave and Jonno for the mixed ocean relay.

The club will now be focusing on some land-based fitness training and maintaining and developing our First Aid skills over the winter with beach sessions resuming in Spring as we prepare for another summer of competitions.

Clare Warren,
16 Oct 2018, 13:29