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Team Ireland Win Seven Gold At European Lifesaving Championships

12th September 2017
Team Ireland return home with a total of 29 medals from the European Championships in Belgium. Athletes won 7 gold, 15 silver and 7 bronze over 15 different events with our Youth Team placing 6th and the Open Team 8th overall out of 19 teams Team Ireland return home with a total of 29 medals from the European Championships in Belgium. Athletes won 7 gold, 15 silver and 7 bronze over 15 different events with our Youth Team placing 6th and the Open Team 8th overall out of 19 teams

Ireland’s top Lifesavers have won seven gold medals at the European Lifesaving Championships in Belgium.

The Championships simulate real-life rescue situations that Lifeguards encounter and pits the best Lifesavers from around Europe against each other in a series of gruelling water rescue scenarios in both pool and beach environments.

Nineteen countries competed at pool events in Bruges and at beach events in Ostende. Two Irish teams secured a total of twenty-nine medals, 7 Gold; 15 Silver; 7 Bronze (see table below).

“We are absolutely thrilled”, said Gold medal winner Lily Barrett, “competing against the best Lifesavers from nineteen countries is challenging to say the least but we supported each other through every event and our training has now paid dividends with twenty-nine medals in the bag.”

“These are fantastic results”, commented the Chairman of Irish Water Safety’s Sports Commission Clare McGrath, “every single person gave their utmost and I am very proud of them as a team and as individuals. The junior competitors will soon become Lifeguards of the future, patrolling beaches and pools in Ireland and abroad. No other sport gives so much back to a community in terms of safeguarding our population at aquatic environments. I extend my congratulations to the background staff, parents and coaches for all their preparatory work.”

See below for medal table and event descriptions.

RESULTS

Simulated Emergency Response Competition (SERC)
Serc Senior (SILVER): Triona McMenamin, David Butler, Joe Mooney, Katie Shannon
Line Throw Senior (GOLD): David Butler, Joe Mooney
Line Throw Jnr (BRONZE): Tim Collins, Ryan Cotter
Oceanwoman (BRONZE): Roisin Cahill jnr, Lily Barrett snr
Oceanwaman Relay Snr: Katie Shannon, Lily Barrett, Hana Blake, Denise Bolger
Board Rescue Jnr (GOLD): Roisin Cahill, Amy O'Brien; (SILVER): Kai Wilmott, Odhran Savage
Board Rescue Snr (BRONZE): Triona McMenamin, Lily Barrett
Beach Sprint Relay Jnr (SILVER): Amy O'Brien, Aoife Madigan, Aisling Barry, Emer Kelly
Beach Sprint (SILVER): Denise Bolger Snr; (BRONZE): Odhran Savage Jnr
Beach Flags (GOLD): Emer Kelly Jnr
Board Race (GOLD): Lily Barrett Snr
Surf Swim (GOLD): Odhran Savage Jnr
Also Finishing in top 16 -
Nathan Holding, Bill Milne, Ryan Shannon, Aoife Deane, Nicloe Devitt, Marley Haugh, Noel Shannon.

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