Crawley Town crowned fastest team in Britain

Crawley Town Lifesaving Club Back L to R ' John Stainer, Rory Hopcraft, Luke Peel, Jack Gourley (hidden), Martin Schofield, Lauren Hand, Sam O'Connor, Simon Worne, Sam Lawman, Oba Waiyaki, Zara Williams.'Middle L to R ' Gary Lee, Trudie Peel, Ellyn Reeve, Jade Hand, Joseph Woollard, Andrew Kane, Jacob Reeve, Richard Jagger, Devon Amos.'Front L to R ' Holly Willing, Charlotte Duff, Evie Longshaw, Branwen Harris SUS-150316-144437002
Crawley Town Lifesaving Club Back L to R ' John Stainer, Rory Hopcraft, Luke Peel, Jack Gourley (hidden), Martin Schofield, Lauren Hand, Sam O'Connor, Simon Worne, Sam Lawman, Oba Waiyaki, Zara Williams.'Middle L to R ' Gary Lee, Trudie Peel, Ellyn Reeve, Jade Hand, Joseph Woollard, Andrew Kane, Jacob Reeve, Richard Jagger, Devon Amos.'Front L to R ' Holly Willing, Charlotte Duff, Evie Longshaw, Branwen Harris SUS-150316-144437002

Crawley Town Lifesaving Club were crowned top overall speed team at the prestigious Speed Pool Lifesaving Championships at the Olympic Pool in Stratford, London.

Crawley competitors broke five British records on the way to 19 national titles and in doing this won 44 golds, 18 silver and nine bronze medals at Britain’s largest competition.

Current World champion and world record holder Zara Williams retained the overall British open title.

Current World champion and world record holder Zara Williams retained the overall British open title.

She won the 50m carry, the 200m obstacles, the 100m manikin carry with fins (0.01 second off a UK record) and the 100m rescue medley.

Zara also had two second placings in the super lifesaver and 100m tow with Fins.

Her national team-mate Devon Amos broke her own British record in 100m tow with fins and just missed out with her subject Branwen on gold in the 12.5m speedline.

In the relays Zara and Devon teamed up with their two national team-mates Branwen Harris who recorded two silver placings behind Zara 50m carry and 100m rescue medley and top all-rounder Charlotte Duff .

In doing so they convincingly won the obstacle, manikin tow and medley relays.

The Ladies B relay team featuring Lauren Hand, Racheal Kaiser, Holy Willing and Evie Longshaw supported their A team compatriots when recording two 11ths and a seventh in their respective relays.

In the 12.5m line relay Zara and Devon combined with Evie and Rachael to finish within 2 seconds of first and second place teams.

Crawley’s top open male competitor was Richard Jagger who finished second in the top ten placings behind Zara when recording two 2nd places (50m manikin carry & 100m medley rescue) 3rd, 4th, 6th and 10th places. Sam Lawman second appearance in a Crawley shirt saw him dominate the towing without fins events with wins in both the 50m carry and 100m rescue medley.

Simon Worne the country’s fastest ever finner and current overall male Commonwealth champion again lowered his own British record in the 100m carry with fins by swimming the first 60m of the 100m race underwater and recording a time of 48.62 seconds with a 43kg manikin in tow.

England team-mate Andy Kane gained an overall 10th with a silver and two thirds in the 50m manikin carry, 100m Manikin Carry with fins and 100m tow with Fins.

The dream team four then went on to lift the roof of the pool when breaking British club and national team records for both the 4 x 50m rescue medley and 4 x 25m manikin tow relays.

Crawley Men’s B team comprising Rory Hopcraft, Sam O’Connor, Luke Peel and Oba Waiyaki gain a 10th and two 11th places in their respective relays. In the 4 x 12.5m line throw Andy, Oba, and the two Sam’s can consider themselves unlucky when they were just beaten into second place.

Oba also set yet other new Kenyan record in the 100m Manikin Tow with Fins.

In the boys 15-17 age group Jacob Reeve had to settle for silver in his favoured 100m manikin tow with fins.

Both Martin Schofield and Joe Woollard were competing for their first time in this age group.

Remarkably Martin gained; 2nd - 50m manikin carry, 5th - 100m tow with Fins, 4th - 100m carry with fins, 6th - 100m rescue medley and 2nd - 100m obstacle with Joes best placing being 6th in 100m Obstacle event. What was even more remarkable was when the three teamed up with good all-round competitor and relay specialist Jack Gourley to break the British record in 4 x 50m medley rescue relay as well as convincingly winning 4 x 100m obstacle and 4 x 25m Manikin relays.

Jade Hand Crawley’s 12 to 14 top girl competitor took gold in the 100m Obstacle race, a bronze in the 50m manikin carry, fourth in 100m rescue medley and seventh in the 100m carry with fins and was supported in the 10m line throw by her team-mate Ellyn Reeve.

In the 50+ Masters age group Pamela Shaw won gold and Trudie Peel bronze with Gary Lee taking silver in their respective 50m carry races.

Based on overall performances Zara Williams, Devon Amos, Branwen Harris, Charlotte Duff, Jade Hand, Simon Worne, Andrew Kane, Saw Lawman, Richard Jagger, Martin Schofield, Joe Woollard and Jacob Reeve were invited to join the elite RLSS Performance Squad.

For any competent swimmers wishing to get involved and gain a life saving award the club will be running a six-week intensive course at the start of April.

For more information: www.crawleytownlsc.com.