LIFESAVING: Crawley Town crowned World champions

Crawley Town Lifesaving team four-man World Club Champions SUS-140710-162617002
Crawley Town Lifesaving team four-man World Club Champions SUS-140710-162617002
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Crawley Town Lifesaving Club returned triumphant from the World Championships in Montpellier in the south of France by winning two world titles.

Zara Williams went one better than when representing Great Britain aand Northern Ireland when she won silver by winning the gold medal in the club event in the 50m manikin carry.

Crawley Town Lifesaving Club World Masters champions John Stainer and Gary Lee SUS-140710-162832002

Crawley Town Lifesaving Club World Masters champions John Stainer and Gary Lee SUS-140710-162832002

Crawley also added the World four-man team title to the European title they already held.

The French ensured that in particular the pool based events were the most atmospheric ever staged with large TV screens, spotlights, smoke, rock music and capacity crowds motivating the finalists to break world record after world record.

Williams clinched gold in the club 50m manikin carry, an event where she currently holds a world’s best time, which was followed two days later by David Butler, Rory Hopcraft, Sam O’Connor and Gary Lee competing as a four man team in the Simulated Emergency Rescue Competition (SERC).

On the beach Crawley’s highest finisher was Rory Hopcraft in the gruelling 2km in which he finished 13th.

Crawley Town Lifesaving Club competition squad SUS-140710-160233002

Crawley Town Lifesaving Club competition squad SUS-140710-160233002

The other team members contributing to Crawley Town’s success where Elise Bradley-Smith, Evie Longshaw, Lucy Howe, Devon Amos, Abi Hoyle, Dan Seagrove-Castle, Simon Worne and twins Laurie and Marcos Hughes.

While the Italian team of Aqvasport Rane Rossa dominated the pool based events it was the Australian team of Northcliffe that won the overall club title through their superior ability in open water despite the fact the seas remained relatively calm throughout the event much to the disgust of their expert surf swimmers.

The week before, Zara along with Lucy (U19), Devon and Simon all represented Great Britain in the World National Team Life Saving competition which attracted more than 40 nations.

Zara was Great Britain’s highest individual points scorer in the pool but narrowly lost out to the French lady Rousseau by just 0.01s in the 50m manikin carry.

Crawley’s quartet helped the GB team reach 10th place.

David was also in action representing Ireland who eventually finished 18th.

Crawley’s John Stainer and Gary Lee took a bronze at the World Masters Championships in the 55-59-year-old 12.5m line throw.

Pamela Shaw recorded a number of personal best times during her first entry into a World Masters Championships.

Jacob Reeve also had his first taste of international competition when taking part in the Inter-Club Youth (U19) Championships at which he recorded a personal best time.