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Broadstairs Surf Life Saving Club Rescue Bronze, Silver and Gold

posted 15 Oct 2014, 11:40 by Ross Halfpenny   [ updated 15 Oct 2014, 12:01 ]

Members of Broadstairs Surf Life Saving Club took home medals of every colour at the age group and open National Championships over 

The Masters section (over 30) was the first to compete at Exmouth in South Devon, with the team of three bringing home five gold medals, one silver and two bronze.  The team of Matt Jones (age 30-39), Dave Bennett (40-44) and Ian Glover (60+) picked up medals in Swim, Board, Surf Ski and Oceanman individual events, and were very pleased to pick up a bronze medal in the hotly contested Board Rescue event. thesummer. The races hone the skills of lifeguards and lifesavers who work on the Thanet beaches in the summer as RNLI lifeguards.

This event mimics the possible scenario of having to rescue a casualty in difficulty in the water and is one of the essential skills lifeguards need. Matt swam out initially to the required mark as the casualty and then Ian took the board out to pick him up. At the end of the swim they were not in the placings, but a slick pick up and a machine-like paddle in enabled them to pass all but two of the other teams.

In the Open age group, the club picked up a bronze medal in the prestigious Tube Rescue event, courtesy of Nick Ayers and Rob Sheard. Again this race mimics the rescue scenario, but rather than using a board to rescue the casualty, the rescuer has a floating tube to attach to the patient and a pair of swim fins to help propel them. 

In the race Nick acted as casualty and had to swim through the surf to a buoy some 200 meters off-shore before Rob could set off to rescue him. Nick arrived at the buoy near the front of the field, but this year Rob has less luck bringing in his casualty through the surf conditions. The water can play a big part in success in these races, as they saying goes, 

‘That’s surf!’

The Juniors, also a team of three, were in their first season of competition, and while they didn’t pick up any medals this time, they saw that they were not too far off many much more established teams in many races and picked up points in the under 20 and under 18 surf races courtesy of Mikyle Carrick and Dom Matthews, as well as the Board Rescue event with Mikyle and Dom. Gabe Drew worked hard in his races and showed great effort which should pay off in future years racing.

So from all of us at the club we would like to say a big well done to all that took part, bring on next season!!