Thomas George heads for the water in the under-15 tube race.
Thomas George heads for the water in the under-15 tube race.

Dedicated lifesavers make a splash

IF THE Wide Bay Capricorn Surf Rescue Championships proved anything at the weekend, it’s that the region is in good hands when it comes to water safety.

The keen contestants from clubs across the region, 110 in all, demonstrated their skills and showed their talents. Now some of those competitors will be heading to the state titles to compete.

The championships involved dealing with several difficult scenarios and the surf lifesavers had to use all their skills and ability to master the difficult situations.

These included drowning scenarios where competitors had to rescue heavy mannequins from the bottom of a pool and first aid scenarios.

In the under-19 division, there were five competitors who had finished in the top six for their age group in Queensland while Queensland champions Gail Williams and Garry Norris both competed in the championships at the weekend.

Organiser Tony Grima said there were plenty of dedicated surf lifesavers in the Wide Bay Capricorn area.

“Within our bunch we have a lot of people who have a really high standard.”

Grima was especially proud of the efforts of Maryborough’s Jade Cassidy, 17.

Jade had to rescue a 35kg mannequin from the bottom of a pool and use one hand to hold the mannequin, with its “face” safely out of the water, and use the other to swim back to the edge of the pool.

Cassidy beat Emu Park’s Lucy Blanchard, a member of Queensland’s high performance squad, to win the event and while it was only by the barest of margins, Grima said the win was definitely something to be proud of.

“It was a really good effort.”



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