Crawley Town Life Saving Club 2018 – Crawley Open – K2

In form Zara Williams again broke her own British 50m Manikin record and in doing so unofficially also her European record. GBR, while CTLSC team mate Marina Macartney broke the British 100m Manikin Carry record with fins plus CTLSC Sam Murray the 15-17 British 12.5m line throw record at the K2 Sports Centre last Saturday.

Crawley Town Life Saving Club held its 35th and possibly its best Open Team Lifesaving Championships last Saturday at the K2 Sports centre attracting 18 top teams from all over the UK, plus the team from Rheda-Wiedenbrueck, Germany along with the Senior and Youth GBR team who were using it to prepare for the forthcoming World National Teams Life Saving Championships taking place in Adelaide, Australia in November.

The Open Championships is the UK’s only competition runs in in accordance with the International Life Saving team rules and in addition forms part of the Lifesaving Sport Speed Series plus includes the SLS-GB National team Simulated Emergency Rescue Test Competition (SERC). The Overall Championship is a combination of Open & Youth (U19) competitions for both female and male teams comprising up to six competitors per team

Crawley Town LSC entered a Men’s and Ladies teams plus two Boys and two Girls teams and achieved the following results; First place overall Club Championships, Overall Speed champions in both the combined  Male /Female Open and Youth categories and Overall SERC champions in both the combined Male & Female. In summary Crawley swept the board despite having four of its stars competing for the two GBR guest teams. Zara Williams and Marina Macartney competed for the GBR Open Ladies team while Jessica Hancock and Odhran Mallon took part in the GBR mixed Youth team.

Crawley Town LSC Ladies team comprised Donna Wickens (captain), Vicky Threlfall, Ruby Jamieson and Jade Hand, Men; David Butler (captain), Simon Worne, Oba Waiyaki, Alex Jackson & Jacob Reeve, Girls “A”; Ellyn Reeve (Captain), Georgia Blenkley, Frankie Phillips, Brooke Mickel and Keira Narraway, Girls “B” Amaia Lopez (captain), Emily Hurst, Abigail Woollard & Sadie Phillips, Boys “A” Joseph Woollard (captain), Sam Murray, Jamie Scutt & Dominik Strba. Boys “B” Owen Peel (captain), Gerasimas Vuliyerys,  Daire Mallon, Iker Lopez and Max Morgan.

Crawley members Individual event winners were; Ladies: Zara – 200m Obstacles, Line, 50m Manikin Carry & 100m Rescue Medley, Marina 100m Manikin Carry with Fins & 100m Manikin Tow with Fins, Men: Dave – Line & 100m Manikin Tow with Manikin, Girls: Jess – 200m Obstacles, 50m Manikin Carry, 100m Manikin Carry with Fins & 100m Manikin Tow with Fins, 100m Rescue Medley & 100m Manikin Tow with Fins, Frankie – Line Boys: Joe – 200m Obstacles, Sam – Line, Odhran 100m Rescue Medley & 100m Manikin Tow with fins.

The final race optimised the Championship’s as it was the Blue Ribbon ‘Rescue Medley’ which was decided by just 100th in favour of the Crawley Town Life Saving club.

The Championships was in part attended by local NP Mr. Henry Smith and the organiser Club Chairman Luke Peel wishes to thank International referee Stephanie Andrews and her team of officials,Teresa Myatt SERC Setter, Nigel Bowden SLS-GB events manager and Sponsors; Hepworth Brewery, Lingfield College, High Beeches Tea Room and Tea Garden, Zara Williams Sports Massage and Crowne Plaza Hotels for supporting this event .  

Crawley Town Life Saving Club will next be in action at the RESCUE 2018 World Sport Life Saving Championship taking place in Adelaide Australia in November, where the club will be out to regain its World Club SERC title and Zara Williams will be defending her World 50m Manikin Carry title. For further information on the Crawley Town Life Saving Club (CTLSC) and its many activities please visit www.crawleytownlsc.com