The two-day National Life Saving Championships took place in the University of Limerick 50m pool on February 13 and 14 and gave 310 of the best Life Savers in Ireland an opportunity to compete in conditions that life savers can encounter in real-life rescue situations. The sport of Life Saving promotes fitness and teaches participants the key skills necessary to rescue people in distress in water.
The Individual and Team events are varied and challenging with competitors swimming under immersed obstacles, rope throwing, rescuing ‘conscious casualties’ at the surface or ‘unconscious casualties’ placed three meters under the surface and bringing them quickly to shore using a variety of skills and rescue equipment.
As this multi-disciplined sport continues to grow, competitors from Clonakilty and Dunmanway, ranging in age from 13 to 54, represented West Cork. While all teams competed well, once again it was the Cork Masters team that excelled, beating off stiff competition from all over Ireland to retain the All Ireland Indoor Championship title that they won in 2015.
The Cork Masters team set five new Irish Records, including three for Jean Luc Morales, one for Bridget Lehane Walsh and one for Lisa Lillywhite, all from Clonakilty.
At the moment the Club is training their youngest competitors who range in age from 7 to 14 (Nippers). These Nippers will represent Cork and compete in Munster and All Ireland Indoor competitions in March and April.
2016 is also a World Championship year and the club is in the process of organising and training teams to compete for Cork at Youth, Senior and Master levels in The Netherlands in September. For more information contact Justin Crowley on (086) 8915219.