Sunday 25 August 2019

Surf Lifesaving to remain in Courtown

Cathy Lee

The waters have now calmed in Courtown as a dispute between Water Safety Ireland Wexford and parents and members of the surf lifesaving training group in Courtown has been resolved.

'Following a protracted dispute, all parties are delighted to announce that an agreement has been reached which will see the children and young people back on the beach.

'The coaches, volunteers, parents and athletes of Courtown Surf Lifesaving are pleased to announce that training will resume in the Burrow from today (Tuesday),' Courtown Surf Lifesaving said in a statement.

The dispute began just over two months ago, following a decision by Water Safety Ireland Wexford to amalgamate all Wexford training sessions, with plans to have them take place from Curracloe on an ongoing basis.

At the time, the announcement caused high levels of upset and stress for competitors in Courtown, who had been used to training regularly in Courtown, and less regularly in Curracloe.

'This dispute had been going on for a long time and as it's during the summer months, it couldn't have happened at a worse time. We are relieved that it is now resolved as there are great people on both sides,' said Chief Executive of Water Safety Ireland John Leech.

'We were obviously delighted to have now found a way forward for all parties to get on well with each other. Things will be positive from now on, as cool heads were maintained and both parties are satisfied with the situation'.

John hopes that both sides can now encourage more members of the public into the sport and the various courses taking place over the summer.

The summer programme of Water Safety Ireland Wexford's courses for July and August is now available to view online at

Training in Courtown will begin this evening (Tuesday) at 5.30 p.m. for all nippers and 7 p.m. for juniors, seniors and Masters.

In order to compete, all athletes will be assessed to surf two or safety three and athletes are also advised to become a sport member of Irish Water Safety.

The Courtown training group would like to thank Water Safety Ireland and the Sports Commission for all their help and guidance and for continuing their support work with the local area.

The committee of Water Safety Ireland Wexford when contacted did not wish to speak about the dispute or its resolution.

Gorey Guardian