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Junior Lifesaving Event Produces Two Irish Champions

9th September 2013
Junior Lifesaving Event Produces Two Irish Champions

Ireland took two "European Junior Champion" titles in the European Junior Lifesaving Championships, which took place in Riccione, Italy from 6th-8th September. The Championships simulate real life rescue situations that Lifeguards can expect to encounter as Lifesavers and pits the best Junior Lifesavers from around Europe against each other in a series of gruelling water rescue scenarios.

Taking Gold in her event, the Board Race, Lily Barrett from Clare, typifying the split-second reactions necessary for Lifeguards to react in rescue scenarios, made a commanding start in launching her rescue board, paddled the course strongly and finished with a dominant beach run to cross the finish line ahead of some of the fittest junior lifesavers competing on the European circuit today.

Lily also teamed up with Roisin Cahill (also from Clare) to take home two Gold medals for the Board Rescue event, in which one member of the team swims to a buoy, signals ("to be rescued"), and waits to be picked up by the second member of the team on her board. They both paddled powerfully to shore and crossed the finish line on the beach with the board to become European Junior Champions.

A European silver medal was secured by Eoghan Grady (from Mayo) in the "Run-Swim-Run" event in which his strong beach run was followed by a fast swim around marker buoys and back to shore for a second beach run to the finish line for an extremely close finish.

These outstanding performances were complimented by a series of excellent results from the Irish Junior Lifesaving Team overall:


Board Race:
Lily Barrett (Clare): 1st (European Junior Champion)
Ayesha Garvey (Donegal): 14th
Adam McEvoy (Clare): 10th

Board Rescue:
Lily Barrett (Clare) & Roisin Cahill (Clare): 1st (European Junior Champions)
Adam McEvoy (Clare) & Rory McEvoy (Clare): 4th

Run- Swim - Run:
Lily Barrett (Clare): 4th
Ayesha Garvey (Clare): 14th
Katie Shannon (Clare): 18th
Eoghan Grady (Mayo): 2nd
Rory McEvoy (Clare): 6th
Hugh Mc Mahon (Clare): 14th

Adam Mc Evoy (Clare): 8th
Cameron Steel (Wexford): 13th

Rescue Tube Rescue
Ciara Gleeson, Ayesha Garvey, Katie Shannon & Lily Barrett: 8th
Hugh McMahon (Clare), Cameron Steel (Wexford), Adam McEvoy (Clare),Eoghan Grady (Mayo): 10th

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