Stillwater Press release

Posted by Sue Reeve on 25 April 2018




The 2018 Championships was a reminder as to thepurpose of competitive lifesaving, when a 60+ Blyth competitor suffered a major heart attack in the water at the finish of his 100m Obstacle race. Within seconds the competitors lining up for the next race had lifted the 13 stone unconscious competitor 2ft from the water over the timing pads on to the side where chest compressions with rescue breaths were immediately administer so vitally maintaining an oxygenated circulation while the professional pool lifeguards alerted the emergency services and brought and AED Defibrillator to stimulate the victims heart back into action. The casualty left the scene conscious to undergo emergency surgery that afternoon and thanks to the immediate actions of his fellow competitors he is back on the road to a full recovery.

35 members from Crawley Town Life Saving Club travelled to Cardiff, South Wales to compete in the Surf Life Saving Association of GB National Pool Life Saving Championships and returned triumphant when easily retaining the Open National team title with 1057 point, some 617.50 points of second placed Blyth together while setting 20 new Championship records and winning 132 medals, 66of which were gold.

The Ladies scooped 16 golds while directly establishing a new British record in the Medley relay and supporting the Men setting the British record for the new mixed Life Saver relay re-established after it was last swum at RECUE 90. Crawley Town’s current world Champion Zara Williams easily won 2 individual golds in the 200m Obstacle and 100m Rescue Medley while Devon Amos with her partner Marina Macartney from New Zealand representing CTLSC for the first time took gold in the line throw. The three girls were then joined by GBR Youth international Jessica Hancock to convincingly win both the 4x25m Manikin and 4x50m Medley relays both in Championship best times. The Ladies second relay team comprising England international Vicky Threlfall, Luisa Petra and first time Open competitors Frankie Phillips and Ruby Jamieson top place was 6th place in the 4x25m Manikin Carry relay. The 9thsupporting member of ladies team was Vada Phillips who taking part in her first National Championships.

Not to be beaten by the Ladies, the Open Men also won 16 golds medals with “fastest man in the pool” Simon Worne winning two individual golds in both the 100m Manikin Carry and 100m Tow with Fins. The men’s other individual winner was Enrique Ruis from Spain representing CTLS for the first time in the gruelling 200m Super Lifesaver. In the relays Simon was joined by senior GBR representative Richard Jagger, England International San Lawman and GBR Youth team member Martin Schofieldwhen winning both the 4x25m Manikin and 4x50m Rescue Medley relays the latter setting a Championship record time. The “A” was chased at the way home in the Manikin relay by Crawley Town “B” team of Odhram Mallon, Sam Murray, Joe Woollard and Dave Butler who finished 3rd in the Manikin relay and with Enrique swapping with Odhran to finish runners-up in the Medley relay. In the paired Line throw Richard with his partner Alex Jackson took gold in a final heat which featured six Crawley Town throwers. Supporting the Men’s team was Daire Mallon who made a number of point scoring top 16 places.

The ladies and men then combined for the Mixed Lifesaver Relay which is a “drawn on the day” team event featuring two ladies and two men. On this occasion the men had the easiest draw of legs 1 & 2, 50m freestyle and 50m with fins respectively while the ladies had to undertake a 50m Manikin Carry for leg 3 with no fins and leg 4 with fins. The “A” team of Sam Lawman, Simon, Zara and Marina set a new British record with a convincing win winning and were followed home by the second place “B” team featuring Odhran, Dave, and Jess& Devon.

In the 55-59 Masters event triple British Record holder Donna Wickens easily won her three favoured events; 100m Obstacles, 50m Manikin Carry and 100m Rescue Medley supported by her team mate Jennie Amos who won the 100m to with fins in the same age group. Dave Butler a European Champion recorded the fastest Line throw of the day when taking gold with his partner Luisa Petra. The oldest competitor in the championships Maureen Fakley aged 81 years won, to the loudest cheers of the crowd,silver and bronze in the 100m Manikin Tow with fins and 50m Carry respectively. The Masters relay team featuring Luisa, Donna, Dave and Damian Mallon whose averages ages where around 45 as opposed to some of the opposition who were some 10 years younger finished 4th and 5th respectively in the Manikin and Rescue Medley relays.

The day before Crawley Town Youth squad narrowly lost their National Youth title by 149 points when accumulating 1,131 points to the Welsh club of Gyllyngvase, despite Crawley Town members winning 77medals, 37 of which were gold and breaking 22 Championship records.

In the girls 15 and under, the 4x25m Manikin relay team of Emily Hurst, Keira Narraway, Brooke Mickel and Georgia Blenkley took gold in a new Championships record time but had to settle for silver behind Sker & Pink Bay in the 4x50m Obstacle relay despite being just a second of the old record. Supporting the girls was Sadie Phillips in her first major Championships. The boys 15 and under relay team of Iker Lopez, Owen Peel, Dominik Struba and Jamie Scuttswimming together for the first time convincingly won all three of their relays Obstacle, Manikin and Medley Rescue in Championship record times, making this a team to watch for the future.

In the 17 years and under Jessica Hancock won four individual gold outright in the 200m Obstacles, 50m Manikin Carry (Champions record), 100m Manikin Carry with Fins (Championships record) and 200m Super Life, she also broke the old championship record in the 100m Rescue Medley but had to settle for bronze just a second behind the winner. She also helped her team mates Ellyn Reeve, Ruby Jamieson and Frankie Philips take silvers in the Obstacle and Medley Rescue and bronze in the Manikin relays. Sadly Crawley Town had only two boys competing in this age group, Alex Jackson who snatched gold in the 100m Manikin tow with fins but lost out on a second gold in the 200m Super Lifesaver by just 0.01 second. Daire Mallon best finish was 12th in 50m Manikin Carry.

Crawley Towns RESCUE 2016 World Youth Club Championships team of Odran Mallon, Joe Woollard, Sam Murray and Martin Schofield got back together again for one last victorious time in the Youth Championships and so left the rest of the teams in their wake when cruising to victory in Championship record times in all three relays; Obstacle, Manikin and Rescue Medley. Odhran and Martin then went on to take two further golds apiece again in championships record times in 200m Super Lifesaver / 100m Rescue Medley and 50 Manikin Carry / 100 Carry with fins respectively.

Crawley Town’s competition squad will now start to prepare for the rescheduled RLSS SPEED Championships in May before the big build-up to the World Championships RESCUE 2018 being held in Adelaide Australia.

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