LIFESAVING: Silverware for St John Berchman’s

by Aaron Dunne
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Lifesavers from St John Berchmans’ Life Saving Club in Dublin recently participated in the annual British Open international lifesaving championships in Leeds.  

The competition saw 16 teams from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland taking part in an annual showcase of rescue skills.

The Glasnevin-based swimmers took five podium places out of eight categories contested in the open competition. In the Junior Girls competition, Áine Owens and Leah O’Reilly took a fantastic overall silver medal, in what was their first time competing at this level. Club-mates and fellow first-timers Emmet O’Brien and Aaron Doyle took a bronze in the corresponding Junior Boys’.

In the 15-17 years age group, Sam Morris and Conor Kavanagh took third place, while in the new category of 17-19 years saw Darragh Kavanagh and Cian Fowler taking overall gold, just ahead of England in second and Wales in third. In the Ladies individual event, Eva Harrington took overall silver. Due to the high placings achieved in the individual events, the All-Ireland team (which included swimmers from the Bray-based Poseidon club) ranked overall second in the international trophy competition.

In the Masters divisions, there were overall medals for Niamh Ronan, Laura Mulhair, Rónán Spain, David Browne and Noel Mulhair, all of whom are volunteer instructors with the club.

Again, due to the high scores achieved, the Masters team also took silver medals in the international team competition for Masters.

There was further success for the Northside club, as the Berchmans senior team took the overall gold medal in the interclub Simulated Emergency Response Competition. This involves teams of four lifesavers responding to a previously-unknown emergency situation, involving rescue of casualties from the water as well as first aid and resuscitation, all within a two-minute time limit.

Life saving sport was developed to help lifeguards maintain their fitness during the winter season, in preparation for taking up duties on the country’s beaches in the summer. With these lifesavers on duty, swimmers certainly are in safe hands!

The Glasnevin-based SERC winning team in Leeds.

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