SEVEN promising junior lifesavers from Ballajura Aquatic Centre clinched podium finishes at the Royal Life Saving Society WA Junior Lifeguard Club State Titles last week.
The annual state titles are designed to test the children’s pool lifesaving skills in rescue, accident prevention and emergency care.
About 100 of WA’s best junior lifesavers competed at the state titles.
Heading Ballajura’s successful results was under-14s lifesaver Ashley Blaquiere, who finished first in swimming with obstacles, third for rescue tube tow and second for manikin carry.
Under-12s lifesavers Morgan Cunningham (second in swimming with obstacles, second for rescue tube tow and third for manikin carry) and Hannah Tennant (second in swimming with obstacles) also impressed.
Meanwhile, under-8s juniors Taj Alawi, Lucresia Hoe and Mackenzie Hawkins finished in the top three in their respective events.
Royal Life Saving Society WA swimming and water safety education senior manager Trent Hotchkin said the society’s junior lifeguard club program was an education alternative to traditional swimming lessons.
“Whilst we ensure the activities are great fun and offer new experiences for the children, they also have a serious outcome of educating the children in essential lifesaving skills that may one day save a life,” he said.
“The program provides a pathway from grass roots participation through to elite competition for those who would like to continue down the competitive path of pool lifesaving.”