SLIGO NATIONAL school teacher, Trish Brennan, has been selected on the Irish Lifesaving Team to compete in the World Lifesaving Championships, Rescue 2012, in Adelaide, Australia this November.
Originally from Mayo, Trish has been teaching in Sooey and Ardkeeran National Schools over the last number of years. She has also coached with Sligo Swimming Club and swims regularly in Sligo pool.
Lifesaving is a sport that tests the speed, endurance and skill of the athletes as they race in both the pool and at the beach in 25 different events. It is a major sport in Australia and viewers of television shows such as Home and Away and Baywatch will be familiar with the gruelling competitions. Ireland has sent a team to the previous four World Championships in Egypt, Germany, Australia and Italy. The country has preformed beyond all expectations, ranked 17th in the world in the 2010 championships.
In the pool, the lifesavers race in individual and relay events; swimming with fins and under obstacles, throwing ropes, towing manikins and rescuing drowning actors. Trish will compete in 6 pool events. Her strongest event is the 100 metre "manikin carry with fins" (i.e. carrying a 60 kilo plastic manikin filled with water) where she currently holds the Irish record.
On the beach, athletes race in swimming, board paddling, running and surf skiing and various combinations of these disciplines. Trish is hoping to excel in the rescue tube team event where, wearing fins, she will tow a team mate 200 metres from sea to shore.
Trish will be joined by Triona McMenamin and Tahlia Britton (Donegal), Sara English (Mayo) and Norma Cahill (Clare) to make up the Irish ladies team.