Cork Surf Life Saving smashes records at World Championships

Cork Surf Life Saving Inflatable Rescue Boat Team - Alannah Crowley (Patient), Caimin Crowley (Crew), Shane O'Driscoll (Driver) - Picture Justin Crowley

Posted on: 11th October, 2016

Category: Sport & Fitness

Contributor: West Cork People

ABOVE: Cork Surf Life Saving Inflatable Rescue Boat Team - Alannah Crowley (Patient), Caimin Crowley (Crew), Shane O'Driscoll (Driver)

September saw 35 members of Cork Surf Life Saving travel to Holland to compete in the Life Saving World Championships at Master, Senior and Youth levels. Cork also sent the first-ever Irish crew to compete in the Inflatable Rescue Boat Competition. Over 4,000 athletes from around the world took part in these championships, organised by the International Lifesaving Federation and hosted by the Dutch Life Saving Federation.

Life Saving Sport is a true multi-disciplinary sport based on the skills and equipment used in lifeguarding. It offers something for athletes of all ages and abilities plus an opportunity to compete on an international stage and it is unique as it puts a life saving skill back into a community.

The championships were spectacularly successful for Cork Surf Life Saving who train on Inchydoney Beach in summer and in Clonakilty Park Leisure Centre over the winter months. The Masters team secured a Gold Medal for Eilish Wilcox and Sharon Russell in the Line Throw Event, Silver for Oonagh Brady, Deborah O’Connell and Anne Kingston in the Rescue Board Relay, Bronze for Eilish Wilcox in the Individual Surf Swim and Bronze for Bridget Walsh, Eilish Wilcox and Anne Kingston in the Surf Ski Relay. As well as smashing seven national records, the Masters came home with numerous personal bests.

Cork Senior Team Member, Alannah Crowley, Clonakilty won gold as part of a mass rescue team event in the Inflatable Rescue Boat Competition.

Youth, Laura Nicholson, Clonakilty won an individual silver medal in the 2km Beach Run – just pipped to the post by an Australian girl – and Moira Barrett, also from Clonakilty, came seventh in the same event. Laura Nicholson came sixth in the 90m Beach Sprint and 14th in the Youth Beach Flag Event. Nathan Holding, Clonakilty competed on the Irish National Youth Life Saving Team and also for his club, getting to national and interclub Beach Flag Finals.

As well as competing in Holland, the Masters also secured the Overall Irish National Title in Waterford last month. Not to be outdone, the youngest members of the club (Nippers aged between 8 and 14) also won back-to-back national titles in the pool and the ocean.

Winter training will commence shortly and new members are always welcome. Contact Justin Crowley, Sports Officer Cork Water Safety for more information (086) 8915219.

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