Local lifeguards succeed at WA Junior Lifeguard Club State Titles

Local lifeguards succeed at WA Junior Lifeguard Club State Titles

Junior lifeguards competing at club state titles.

Juniors representing Altone Park Leisure Centre in Beechboro, Ballajura Aquatic Centre, Leisurepark Balga and Central Aquatic Swimming and Lifesaving Club in Bayswater participated in the event at Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre.

The competition tested participants’ rescue skills, accident prevention and emergency care and teaching skills.

Beechboro’s Caitlin Allcock clinched the gold medal for the 10 and under category.

Ballajura’s Bowanne Chrisp came third in the open grade, Ashley Blaquiere also from Ballajura, placed third in the 12 and under category and Jonas Thomas was the runner-up in the eight and under category.

Events included the 50m obstacle race, 50m manikin carry, 50m manikin tow with rescue tube and 10m rope throw relay.

Royal Life Saving WA swimming and water safety education senior manager Trent Hotchkin said the competition hosted up to 100 members and was more than just a sport.

“While 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,” Mr Hotchkin 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.”