IT WAS a successful weekend for members of South Worcestershire Lifeguard Club when their speed lifesaving team took part in the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) National Speeds competition at the Olympic Aquatic Centre in London.
The nine-strong team – Alex Jackson, Benjamin Bevan, Amy Weston, Ben Haynes, Luke Betteridge, Jack Betteridge, Connor Mehaffey, James Bower and Tom Clifford – took part in a number of individual and team races including obstacle race, rope throw, manikin tow and manikin carry.
A full manikin weighs around eight stone and each race takes place over 100 metres.
In their first year in the 15 to 17-year division, Haynes, Mehaffey and Bower showed true grit to obtain a handful of personal best times and Jack Betteridge – a member of the RLSS Performance Squad – continued to improve his swim times.
Also in their first year in the 12 to 14-year division were Clifford and Luke Betteridge who posted a number of personal best times, whilst Bevan swam his way to a personal best time of 41.35 to achieve a 16th place in the 50m manikin carry.
Jackson had his most impressive speed competition to date as he achieved a top 15 place in all events with a high of sixth place in the 100m manikin carry.
Weston, as previously reported by the Observer, showed why she is a member of the RLSS Performance Squad as she achieved top ten places in every event and a silver medal in the rescue medley, missing gold by a fingertip in a time that beat the previous national record.