28 members of the Crawley Town Life Saving Club travelled to the Netherlands to take part in the RESCUE 2016 World Lifesaving Championships; National, Club and Masters Championships and came away with;
- Youth World record and Boys World title in the Line throw – Martin Schofield with Joe Woollard
- GBR‘s only World gold in Men’s National team Line throw – Richard Jagger
- Retained 50m Manikin Carry Ladies World Club title – Zara Williams
- Four new British records, three in the Boys Youth and one with the Open men
Crawley Town LSC is now 28th in the world Open Club ranking and 49th in the world Youth (U19) rankings, a remarkable feat when considering that members are all self-funded unlike their much larger European and Southern hemisphere rivals. Crawley Towns other major achievements are summarised as follows;
Competing for their respective National teams; GBR – Zara Williams finished fifth and sixth respectfully in the 50m Carry and 100m Rescue Medley plus gained a final place in Surf swim, Devon Amos 15th in the 100m Carry and Richard Jagger helped the SERC team to a 5th place. Ireland – David Butler finished 5th Line. Kenya – Oba Waiyaki was their best competitor in the pool.
Crawley Town Open club team featuring Branwen Harris, Vicky Threlfall, Luisa Petra, sisters Lucy and Chloe Howes, Dan Seagrove-Castle, David Butler, Sam Lawman, Simon Worne and Gary Lee saw David and Simon beaten into 2nd place by just 100th second in the Line throw. Then support by Sam and Dan finished 11th and 12th in the Medley Relay (New British record) and Manikin Relay respectively. Luisa, Vicky, Lucy and Branwen were surprisingly disqualified after achieving a final time in the Medley relay. In individually finals Branwen finished 13th in Rescue Medley and Dan made the Surf Swim final.
Crawley Town Youth team consisting Ellyn Reeve, Jade Hand, Elli Munday, Emma Wilkinson, Odhran Mallion, Sam Murray, Joe Woollard and Martin Schofield managed by Puala Schofield and Lauren Hand, saw the boys achieve 8th, 10th and 12th in the Obstacle Relay (British record), Medley Relay (British record) and Manikin Relay respectively. In individual finals Martin achieved a 15th & 16th places in the Rescue Medley and 100m Manikin Carry with fins.
Also Pamela Shaw and Gary Lee both competed in their respective age categories in the Masters Championships.
Crawley Town take this opportunity to thank K2 Crawley for their extra support during the build up to these Championships.
Approximately 4,000 athletes and officials from 40 nations together with 400 local volunteers took part in the Championships which was held in the purpose built 50m pool in Eindhoven and on the North Sea beaches of Noordwijk.
The RESCUE championships will move to Adelaide in Australia for RESCUE 2018 before returning to Europe by way of Italy in 2020. In the meantime Crawley Town will now set its sights on next year’s European Championships in Brussels as its Open team is currently ranked 3rd in Europe.