Medals for rookie lifeguards

Relay team members Rosie Hawkswell, Ben Webster and Jessica Parlour show off their medals with other team members Megan Hawkswell, Maddison Probert, Melissa Calvert, Esther Everitt, Laura Estensen and Megan MacNaught. (S)
Relay team members Rosie Hawkswell, Ben Webster and Jessica Parlour show off their medals with other team members Megan Hawkswell, Maddison Probert, Melissa Calvert, Esther Everitt, Laura Estensen and Megan MacNaught. (S)

TEN ‘rookie’ lifesavers from the Hambleton district have made their debut in a regional competition.

The group – from Bedale Leisure Centre – took part in the Blyth Short Course Lifesaving Competition held at the Northumberland town’s leisure centre.

Competitive Lifesaving – or ‘Lifesaving Sport’, as it is more commonly known – involves the development of speed and stamina skills in events which mirror real-life situations.

Events included obstacle relays in which competitors had to dive under a barrier which simulated rescuing a submerged casualty; a manikin carry which simulates towing a casualty; and relays to test response, accuracy and speed.

The Bedale group did not return empty-handed as its relay team – made up of Rosie Hawkswell, Ben Webster and Jessica Parlour – brought home silver medals for their achievements in the obstacle relay.

• Bedale’s Rookie Lifeguard group meets at the leisure centre every Wednesday evening. For more information contact the centre on 01677 427272.