Amber Valley’s Adam Threlfall (17) and Jayne Stallion (17) both returned from Australia with bronze and silver medals to help celebrate their individual and team achievements.
They were representing England in the Lifesaving Commonwealth Championships in Canberra.
Jayne, from Heanor Swimming and Lifesaving Club, secured third place winning an individual bronze medal with a personal best time in the 100m manikin carry event.
Jayne was selected to represent England in five individual events and successfully gained places in the A final of each event. She also achieved a personal best in the 12m line throw but just missed out on a medal placing in the final for this event.
Adam, from Ripley RASCALS, also enjoyed individual success in the 100m Manikin Carry with Fins, qualifying for the final in fifth place with a time of 59.53sec.
In the 200m Super Lifesaver, he qualified in eighth place with a time of 2:39.69 and finished sixth in the final with a time of 2:35.07, improving well on his qualifying time but just short of his 2.33.28 PB.
On day three, as part of the 4x50m Medley Relay, he qualified in third place and finished in third place in the final.
This was the pair’s first competition representing England, although they have represented RLSS UK previously at the Open Dutch Championships 2012. It was huge adventure from start to finish, from the initial five days training in Sydney to moving onto Canberra and residing at the Australian Institute of sport.
The England teams finished second in the National and Development categories, one of the best achievements in this competition for the squads, finishing behind Australia, leaving them with the ambition to be part of the next squad and make it just one step closer.
The sport of lifesaving provides young people with the knowledge to save lives in and around water and offers opportunities for competitors.
who want to take the sport to a national or international level.
For more information please check the Heanor swimming and lifesaving club web site at www.heanorswimmingclub.org.uk