Lifesaving club excels at still water contest
Wicklow Surfing Lifesaving Club had a strong team of 33 competitors, from juniors through to masters, taking part in the National Still Water Lifesaving Championships held in University of Limerick.
The competition tests the speed, strength and agility of the athletes and features events from obstacle races to medley rescues and relays.
The strong junior membership allowed Wicklow Water Safety enter three junior teams who helped to secure overall victory for Wicklow.
The winning team aged between 14 and 16 were Mia Kristiansen, Lily Devitt, Tori Ryan and Robyn Brennan .
The Junior boys consisting of Ross O'Loughlin, Finn Harris and Kyle Capilitan Joyce were a very close second to Wexford, while Ross dominated the junior competition to win four individual gold medals and one silver. In the process he also managed to establish new Irish records in the superlifesaver and the manikin carry with fins.
The experienced senior ladies A team made up of Amy O'Brien, Hannah Blake, Emma Kristiansen and Cara Ryan who placed a close second behind Clare.
The senior men, Keith Bentley and Dylan O'Donovan, placed well within their field.
Masters team members Ross Beacom, Brian Harris, Rob Noble, Kieran Ryan and Heidi Sheehy secured numerous victories.
Wicklow Surf Lifesaving would like to thank the coaches and all the parents involved who acted as team managers and to congratulate their three new pool referees in the form of Eugene Bentley, Jan Ove Kristiansen and Liz Clarke.