LIFESAVING: Crawley’s Zara Williams wins World Club gold

Crawley Swimming Club 50 Years old  (Pic by Jon Rgby) SUS-140410-171445002

Crawley Swimming Club 50 Years old (Pic by Jon Rgby) SUS-140410-171445002

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Crawley Town Lifesaving Club are celebrating a double success at the World Club Championships in Montpellier in France.

Zara Williams became the first competitor from the club ever to win a senior World Championship gold medal when she prevailed in the 50 metres manikin carry.

The Crawley team of David Butler, Rory Hopcraft, Sam O’Connor and Gary Lee then won the gold medal in the Simulated Emergency Rescue Competition (SERC).

Zara, 21, said: “I am ranked No.1 in the World but it was still a surprise to win. I was gutted at getting a silver for Great Britain in the team event. I just wanted to prove I could do it.

“I would like to thank my coach Gary Lee - I wouldn’t have achieved anything without him, my swimming coach Ron Philpot and my parents Russell and Nikki Williams.”

Zara was previously top overall performer at the Commonwealth Championships in 2011 in South Africa and 2013 in Australia and in 2009 swam for England Schools.