A first for lifesavers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ballina Shire Advocate - 14 October, 2010   

SUCCESS: Pictured are the Lennox surf club members who competed successfully at the NSW Surf Life Saving Pool Rescue Championships on the Central Coast.A SMALL but inspired group of Lennox Head-Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club competitors competed at their first NSW Surf Life Saving Pool Rescue Championships on the Central Coast recently.

Designed to further develop and demonstrate lifesaving skills, fitness and motivation, the Pool Rescue program focuses on a still-water arena rather than the usual open surf environment.

The championships saw the Lennox Head team compete against 30 other NSW surf clubs in challenging events as wide-ranging as the 200m Super Lifesaver, 100m Manikin Tow, 100m and 200m Obstacles and the Line Throw.

The Lennox Head team won nine individual State medals and impressed with numerous top-five placings.

The combined efforts of Nathan Gray, Hayden Thomas, Mikayla Gray, Murray Thomas and Conor Moriarty led the club to a highly respectable overall 10th placing at the championships.

Coach Glenn Moriarty said: "It was a tremendous achievement and experience for all.

"Contesting Pool Rescue events successfully at that level needs skill and fitness.

"They also saw a number of Australia's World Championship team in action and were educated by their racing skills.

"Our kids are still trying to master those skills, so the success we achieved must give them confidence for the future."

The team as a whole acknowledged the support it receives from the Ballina Fair Swim and Gym centre. The centre has purchased pool rescue manikins and provided lane space to enable the team to conduct skill sessions on a regular basis.