Crawley Town Lifesaving Club confirmed its status as the country’s top competitive pool lifesaving team when winning the SLS-GB Open Pool Championships last weekend at Cardiff to add to their current RLSS-UK and Welsh-SLS titles.
At the end of the championships Crawley were just under a 100 points ahead of second place Leeds Phoenix with Portreath of Cornwall finishing third.
The Crawley Town Men’s team comprising Andrew Kane, Dave Butler, Sam Lawman, Simon Worne & Richard Jagger won all ten men’s titles that were up for grabs, including a new British record of 09.69 seconds by Dave using Simon as his subject in the 12.5m line throw.
The men’s top open medallist was Andrew with three individual golds and three relay golds.
He was followed by Simon with two individual, a line and three relay golds with Richard taking an individual gold and again three relay golds.
Lucy Howes was Crawley Town’s top lady; winning an individual gold in 100m carry with fins and silver wither sister Chloe as body in the 12.5m line throw.
The pair then teamed up with Luisa Pettra and Vicky Threlfall to take bronze in the medley relay.
In the masters championships Pamela Shaw proved to be Crawley Town’s top performing individual with three individual golds in the Ladies 55-59 age group.
Just behind her was double British masters record holder Donna Wickens with two individual golds.
The two ladies then teamed up with Dave and Andrew who are also masters but choose to still swim in the open category to take a silver and two bronzes in the relays which was quite a remarkable feat considering they were up against a number of all-male teams.
A special mention for first time Crawley masters; Maureen Fakley, who took two silvers in the oldest age- group were she was giving her other competitors at least ten years start proving you’re never too old to start competitive lifesaving and Jennie Amos who with Donna as her body finished sixth in the masters 12.5 line throw.
The last major British Championships will see Crawley’s youth members competing at Millfield, while in May, Zara Williams will be attempting to regain her world record from New Zealand in the Arena Championships taking place in France immediately before leaving for the World Championships in September.
There is a short video clip of the SLS-GB championships can be found on their website www.slsgb.org.uk on the front page under latest news.
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