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Medal haul for Broadstairs Surf Life Saving Club at National Competition

posted 30 Aug 2017, 13:00 by Clare Warren   [ updated 30 Aug 2017, 13:06 ]

Broadstairs Surf Lifesaving Club return with 4 medals from Surf Life Saving GB Nationals in Cornwall. Josh Crottie struck Gold in the Beach Flags, with Louise Tomlinson taking Silver and Bronze in Beach Flags and Sprints, while Tom Walton took Silver in Sprints at the week-long age group championships held at Holywell Bay this month. The team also competed in the water events of Surf Swim, Board Races and Rescue events.

Six athletes from the club made the 600 mile round trip to Holywell Bay in Cornwall to join over 1000 competitors from 32 clubs for the 2017 National Surf Lifesaving Championships. The annual competition is made up of a series of land and water-based races showcasing core life saving skills such as sea swimming, board paddling and soft sand running. A team of Masters (over 30) and a team of Youth 13-19 took part in this challenging set of events.

Despite tough competition, mixed weather conditions and some of the water events taking place in 3-4ft of solid surf, Louise Tomlinson, competing for the first time in the Masters had a flying start bringing home a bronze medal for the 80m soft sand sprint in the first r

ace of the competition and then finishing up with a silver medal for Beach Flags. She and Clare Warren also took part in the Surf Race (sea swimming), with Louise also taking part in the board race.

The Youth Team of Josh Crottie, Oscar Keyworth, Zack Rothman and Tom Walton were the furthest travelled in the UK to the event and faced tough local competition. They all fared well in their events with Zack and Josh both getting 6th place in the Soft Sand Sprints for their age groups and Zack pairing up with teammate Oscar to get 7th place in the Tube Rescue. However, it was newcomers Josh and Tom who brought home more medals for the club with Tom getting silver in the Soft Sand Sprints and Josh winning gold for the Beach Flags.