Blyth lifeguards to compete in Commonwealth championships
Blyth Lifeguard & Swimming Club has been making a splash with four of its members selected to complete in the Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships.
Two of the young lifeguards, Lauren Gordon and Callum Gilroy currently work for Active Northumberland and will be competing in the championships for the first time in November.
They will be joined by Rachel Carroll and Samatha Carpenter who will be taking part in their third commonwealth competition. Both Sam and Rachel worked at Blyth Sports Centre prior to and during their time at university; they have both just taken full time jobs within the NHS.
Lifesaving is the only sport which saves lives with participants having to learn the physical and mental skills needed in emergencies, prior to competing.
The Commonwealth competition takes place every two years with events designed to test participants speed, agility, endurance and life-saving skills. They will have their abilities tested in an unknown aquatic situation rescuing casualties, some of whom will be ‘injured and unconscious’, as well as first aid tests, equipment challenges and swimming disciplines.
Lauren said: To compete on an international level against some of the best competitors in the world will be an amazing experience and an exciting challenge for us all. ”
Mark Tweedie, chief executive of Active Northumberland said:
“ Fortunately it’s not everyday that our lifeguards get to use their training, but at competitions like this they get to put to the test all the skills they have learnt.
“ We know how well trained our lifeguards are but I am sure this fantastic achievement will also be very reassuring for our customers to know they are being watched over by experienced and dedicated staff and are in the very best of hands.”
Maureen Harrison who helps to train Blyth Lifeguards said: “The team trains extremely hard and our results in previous years have shown that with dedication and determination we can excel against some of the best teams in the commonwealth.”
“This year the championships are to be held in Leeds so we are hoping to do well, taking advantage of being on home turf. ”
Blyth Lifeguard & Swimming Club is a family friendly club that offers swimming and lifesaving training for children over the age of 6 up to adults. They train on Tuesday and Sunday evenings at Blyth Sports Centre. For further information ring: Maureen Harrison 07774842552.