2017SLS Youth Ocean National Life Saving Championships – Holywell Bay

Posted by Sue Reeve on 14 September 2017

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Crawley Town Life Club

2017SLS Youth Ocean National Life Saving Championships – Holywell Bay


Seven members of the Crawley Town Life Saving Club travelled to picturesque Hollywell Bay in Cornwall last Tuesday to compete in the Surf Life Saving GBYouth OceanNational Championships and came away with four bronze medals; a good result when considering Crawley Towns team was made up primarily of pool based inland swimmers.

Crawley Town’s two Youth (U19) International competitors who will be representing GBR in Belgium in three weeks times justified their recent selection not only by their outstanding pool performances earlier this year but also with the following results;

Jessica Handcock still only swimming in the girls 17 years and under age group, finished 8th in 400m Surf Swim, 9th in 1 km Beach run, she then teamed up with Jade Hand to win bronze medals in the Tube Rescue after a close sprint up the beach with the second paring from Rest Bay Wales. The pairing also achieved 11th place in the Board Rescue which was remarkable when considering this was their first time competing together in this event.

Martin Schofield who had just two days earlier returned from South Africa after representing the Senior England Development team in the RLSS Common Wealth Life Saving Championships competed in the boys 19 yearsand under age group, finishing 4th in the Surf Swim, 11th in the 600m Board race and 10th in the rough & tumble of what is Beach Flags. Martin then paired up with Sam Murray who was competing in the 17 years and under age group to repeat the performance of the Crawley Town Girls by finishing just behind silver for a Bronze in the Tube Rescue event. The pair also achieved a creditable 8th place in the Board Rescue. Sam’s top individual finish was 12th place in the 17 years and under Surf Swim.

Competing in their first National Surf Championships in the girls 15 years and under age group were Georgia Blenkley, Brooke Mickel and Frankie Phillips all three being part of the successful Sussex Girls team that had won the Girls South East Region Lifeguard Trophy. Despite the experience of their fellow competitors Georgia and Brooke did manage to finish 11th in the B final of the Rescue Tube.


jade and jess             sam and martin

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