Banbridge pool lifeguards ‘buoyed’ after winning life-saving championship

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

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THE inaugural Northern Ireland Top Team Lifeguard Championship, hosted by GLL and in partnership with Belfast City Council, was won by Banbridge Leisure Centre last week .

The highly interactive competition took place at the New Olympia Leisure Centre on Belfast's Boucher Road and saw nine teams of professional lifeguards test their lifeguarding skills, both in and out of the pool.

For the first time, Belfast lifeguard teams from Shankill, Whiterock, Olympia, Falls and Grove leisure centres competed against teams from Banbridge, Craigavon, Newry and Omagh.

GLL Regional Director Gareth Kirk said: "Lifeguarding is one of the most important services we provide in leisure centres. We take the training and development of these professional team members very seriously and were delighted to be joined by other council lifeguard teams from across Northern Ireland. This the first time we have brought lifeguards from across the country together and plan to grow the competition in the coming years."

Each team consisted of four members who competed in scenarios designed to test their skills at dealing with a number of incidents including simulated CPR, first aid management and in water rescue. These were set in both a dry environment and in the pool area. Lifeguards were then scored on the speed in which they reacted to the scenarios and the protocols they followed in their responses.

Zoe Dennison, captain of the Banbridge team, was thrilled to win saying: "We'd never even thought we were good enough to win a top prize at an event like this.

"We 've had such a great day getting to know other lifeguards from across Northern Ireland and have learned so much." Belfast Lord Mayor, Nuala McAllister, awarded the top three team prizes at the end of event at Olympia Leisure Centre.


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