Volunteer lifeguards collect more medals

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Eastbourne Voluntary Lifeguards SUS-150110-085330001

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Eastbourne’s team of lifesavers have rounded off the summer with some excellent results at competitions around the country.

The voluntary lifeguards collected a bumper haul of medals at the recent National Surf Lifesaving Championships in Portreath, Cornwall.

Competing against the best surf lifesaving clubs from across the United Kingdom, Eastbourne finished fifth overall out of 18 clubs, the highest placed club of any outside of Cornwall.

The team won a total of five silvers and a bronze medal in a weekend of events designed to test the fitness and skills of surf lifeguards.

Two of the silvers came from the Beach Sprint Relay in both the men’s and women’s events.

The men’s team consisted of Garry Cairns, Matt Allchorn, James Unsworth and Laurie Hughes.

The women’s team included Bekah Canby, April Marshall, Daisy Pamment, Milly Pamment and Matilda Colwell.

Milly and Daisy Pamment won the club’s first ever silver on the water in the board rescue, with the other medals coming in the men’s and women’s 2km run from Marcus Hughes and Milly Pamment and the Beach Flags category success from Daisy Pamment.

Garry Cairns, club chairman, said, “These results on top of the others this summer demonstrate that Eastbourne is one of the best clubs in the country for lifesaving in both beach and pool competition.

“Add to this the club’s recent lottery grant of £10,000 funding for our new rescue boat and it all adds up to quite a summer for the club.

“We’re already looking forward to 2016 where hopefully we can continue to build on the successes we’ve achieved this year.”

Eastbourne Voluntary Lifeguards Club always welcomes new members from eight years and upwards, with the rookie lifeguard programme becoming increasingly popular. The programme of training and qualifications runs throughout the whole year. For more information visit www.evlg.co.uk

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