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Lifesaving trio star at Olympic Park

Evesham Editorial 11th Mar, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

PERSHORE High School students Amy Weston, Jack Betteridge and Rhianne Gale recently joined other students from South Worcester Lifeguards in the National Lifesaving Championships at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park aquatic pool in London, where the 2012 Olympics were held.

The weekend saw an early warm-up on the Saturday for all competitors, who had travelled from all over the United Kingdom, and a late finish on Saturday followed by an early warm-up on Sunday and a 6pm finish.

The children had a great weekend and were blown away by the venue and its surroundings and the pool itself, especially the constant depth in the main pool which is 3m deep.

They were entertained by ex-Olympian Mark Foster in a fun rope throw competition and, whilst they were there, Tom Daley was also training in the dry diving pit facility.

Jack, 15, from Pershore, has now moved up into the 15-17-year-old category, which is understandably a big step for him having only turned 15 three weeks ago, but he performed well and is keen to get to on to the podium next year.

Thirteen-year-old Amy, from Flyford Flavell, came 22nd in the under 18s event and won a bronze medal in the 100m rescue medley.

Rhianne, 15, from Brockhill Village, put great effort into her events and is also looking forward to improving on her result next year.

All three are now looking forward to the Surf Life Saving Stillwater competition on April 18 at Millfield School, Somerset.

Both Amy and Jack have again been selected to attend the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) UK Performance Squad this coming year.

They will compete in more competitions throughout the year and will hopefully be attending the International Lifesaving Federation competition in Eindhoven, Holland, in 2016, and are also looking to compete in Adelaide, Australia, in 2018.


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