Nippers, Juniors and their Parents made the long trek to Cardiff to take part in the British Life Saving Sport Pool Championships over the weekend of 26 and 27 March 2011. It was well worth the trip as both teams did extremely well with the Nippers (8 to 13 year olds) equalling their result in 2010 with a 6th place and the Juniors (13 – 17 year olds) going one better than last year and finishing in 5th place.

The National Stillwater competitions, organised by Surf Life Saving GB, encourage it’s members to supplement their beach based fitness and lifesaving training with winter training and an end goal of the Championships where they can test their skills and fitness against other individual clubs from all over the Country. The standard is very high and a medal is hard to come by so the Club’s tally of 8 gold, 3 silver and 8 bronze medals was a great achievement.

Nipper Team Manager, Traci Parker said “James Burlingham and I were very proud to manage the team of 13 girls and 13 boys, many of whom were competing at the National Stillwater championships for the first time. We were delighted to come 6th overall out of 20 clubs from all over the Country (3rd Cornish Team), bringing home 5 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 7 bronze medals. Most importantly, all of the children who competed had a good time, enjoying the chance to show off the skills they have learnt and trained to improve. Thanks also to the parents and friends who came to support. This was a great end to the winter season, especially coming on the heels of our recent successes at the Cornish Stillwater championships where we finished in 3rd place overall. There are only two weeks left in the pool now before we head back to the beach, for our summer sessions which start on Sunday 1 May at our Clubhouse overlooking Hayle beach from 10am to 12 noon.”

Junior Team Manager, Alan Roberts said “Sixteen of our Junior members took the long road to Cardiff International swimming pool to compete in this National Championship. In recent years their results have consistently improved and this year was no exception with a 5th place overall (2nd Cornish Club) out of 22 Clubs and 3 team Gold and 1 Individual Bronze medal. With nearly all the current juniors progressing through the very successful nipper section it is a pleasure to see them all compete to such a high standard.

They have been together as a group for many years, with the older juniors reaching their 10th year with the club, and it shows in their friendship and teamwork. A special mention should go to James Burlingham and Dan Latham who have given a lot of time over the winter months to ensure they had the correct training and preparation for the event. Our juniors train at Carn Brea Leisure Centre throughout the year with a weekly session in the pool which enhances their swimming and life saving skills.”

For a lot more information about the Club please look at their website at http://hayleslscnews.website.orange.co.uk or telephone Club Captain, Dave Parker on 01736 755303.

NIPPER NATIONAL CHAMP RESULTS: –
Individual Medal winners were:- 9 yr olds: Tanni Smitham- Golds for Obstacle, Flipper & Manikin race. 10 yr olds: Lily Parsons-Silver for Flipper race & Bronze for Obstacle race. 11 yr olds: Connor Keeler- Bronze for Manikin race. 12 yr olds: Sophie Morris-Gold for Manikin race, Silver for Obstacle race & Bronze for Flipper

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