THE start of the new school term was marked for many Heanor swimmers by a long bus trip to Billingham in Cleveland where they competed against a wide range of other lifesaving clubs at the start of a very busy competition season.
Mixed teams within three age-groups (rookie, junior and senior) were firstly tested in previously-unseen lifesaving scenarios before extending to a series of speed relays that tested lifesaving and stroke skills.
The lifesaving incidents were of three-minutes duration, so in addition to deciding on the priorities for rescue, team members were tested on completing rescues and ensuring effective aftercare to around a dozen casualties suffering from a wide range of injuries.
A total of seven teams represented HSC on that day with opposition from local northern clubs such as Blyth (Northumberland), Rawmarsh (Rotherham) in addition to the host club of Billingham.
For many Heanor members this was an opportunity to meet and compete against other clubs and teams at an experience and age level beyond theirs.
Medals were awarded separately for the lifesaving and the speed relay events in each of the age-groups, whilst Heanor teams took medal positions in five of the possible six sections as follows :-
Rookie Speed – 1st place to Heanor Nellies
Junior Section - 3rd place in lifesaving incident to Heanor Oddsox, and 2nd place in speed to Heanor Stingrays.
Senior Section – The Heanor Senior Team came 1st in the Lifesaving incident and 3rd place in the speed section
The afternoon’s competition ended with a cannon relay for swimmers of all three ages, in which the Blyth team just beat the Heanor team in a sprint on the final length.
If you would like to join this active swimming / lifesaving club which meets at Heanor Leisure Centre on Monday and Friday evenings please contact Mike Thomas on Derby 882 082.