Georgina’s a real lifesaver

nrhn Georgina Holbird Gale came third in a national lifesaving copetition.

nrhn Georgina Holbird Gale came third in a national lifesaving copetition.

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A cool-headed Heanor youngster is celebrating after receiving a top honour in a national lifesaving competition.

Derby High School pupil Georgina Holbird Gale, 12, came third at the Royal Lifesaving Society’s National Lifesaving Championships at Forge Ponds in Sheffield.

Her and her partner Jess Hancock competed against 16 pairs in a number of mock scenarios designed to test their life saving abilities.

They included rescuing a drowning person from a swimming pool and perform ing CPR on a special dummy within a set time.

The youngsters, who were cometing in the 12 to 14 years category also had to complete a ‘swim and tow’ task which involved swimming 25 metres and towing someone back.

Georgina said she was very proud of their achievement.

She said: “I think we did better than we thought we were going to do.

We had already competed in the regional rounds and were representing the East Midlands.

There were lots of regions from across the country at the competition and we were two of the youngest in our age category so it was really great to finish so highly.”