Crawley Town Life Saving Club ended their very successful season, victorious at the Crawley Open Championships held at K2 an event widely regarded as the UK’s top club pool lifesaving competition which attracted ten youth and seven senior teams from as far afield as Blythe and Berlin, Germany.
The Championships involves a staged simulated rescue for all six team members followed by ten separate speed events again contested by the country’s top lifesaving competitors which included four current world champions from this year’s RESCUE 2014.
The senior championships became a battle between the two Crawley Town teams with only three points separating first from second between the Crawley “Speed” and “SERC” teams, Loughborough finishing third some 19 points behind. The Crawley “Speed” team comprising Zara Williams, Devon Amos, Sam Lawman, Simon Worne, Oba Waiyaki and Captain Andrew Kane won both the Overall and Hepworth Speed Championships closely followed in both cases by the “SERC” team comprising Abi Hoyle, Jenny Penny, Matthew Penny, Sam O’Connor, David Butler and Captain Gary Lee. All of Crawley’s senior team members were either current or past international competitors.
In the U19 youth competition the Crawley team of Jade Hand, Charlie & George Hopkins, Jacob Reeve, Martin Scholfield and Joseph Woollard put in a very impressive performance when winning the Hepworth Speed trophy against teams with a higher average age. However a poor performance in the Simulated Rescue event meant they had to be content with second place in the Overall Championships behind winners Blythe. Members of Crawley’s Youth team currently hold eight national records in the 12/14 age group, with both Jacob and Martin winning their first international caps two weeks earlier while representing “RLSS UK” in an International held in the Netherlands. Crawley members Ellyn Reeve, Chloe Pratt and Amir Shams joined up with three Eastbourne Youths and finished 9th with their best result being second and in front of the “A” team in the 4 x 12.5m line relay.
Crawley Town will now enjoy a well-earned rest before ramping up for next years all important National Championships from February to April prior to the European Championships for Youth Seniors and Masters in August and September. The club takes this opportunity to thank all of its many helpers and supporters including Hepworth Brewers.