Heanor lifesavers impress at national championships

The Heanor squad is pictured with their medals and trophies.
The Heanor squad is pictured with their medals and trophies.

Members of Heanor Swimming and Lifesaving Club have competed at the 2014 RLSS UK National Speed Life Saving Championships, held over two days at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

The event is the major annual competition for the club and this year saw the swimmers achieving even more personal best times, club records and new National Records.

There were some excellent performances from Emily Thomas, Courtney West, Emily Wheatley and Esme Parker, who attended their first national championships and successfully completed all their individual events recording excellent PBs to start their competitive journey.

Millie Hammond and Imogen Parker retained the title ‘Junior Girls Rope Throw National Champions’, recording a new national record, closely followed in second place by Abigail Butterworth and Amy Evans achieving the silver medal in the same event.

The Senior Girls title was won by Jayne Stallion and Vicky Threlfall, gaining a new National Record for their age group, and not to be outdone the male masters team of Paul Anderson (head coach), Terry Fox, Leigh Selway and Jonathan Bridgewood achieved the gold medal and new national title for their age group.

Continuing the club’s successful run in this event was the senior boys silver individual medal going to Calum Briggs and Adam Wright.

Heanor continued to dominate the rope throw event, winning gold in both the senior boys and senior girls events and a third place bronze in the junior girls.

Senior boys continued their winning streak by taking third place and the bronze medal in the team manikin relay event, the team comprising Jack Mason, Kyle Hibbert, Calum Briggs and Adam Wright.

Individual medals were won by Terry Fox for the 50 manikin carry and Jayne Stallion for the 100m manikin carry and 50 manikin carry.

Stallion was also selected to become a member of the RLSS UK National Performance squad based on her performance.

Paul Anderson said: “This was a terrific weekend of competition with the club being represented across the range of age groups showing the depth of competitive swimmers we have.

“Every swimmer was able to achieve a personal best performance and take part in the sport at one of the highest levels.”

Heanor Swimming and Lifesaving club trains at William Gregg Leisure Centre, Heanor.

For more information visit the website www.heanorswimmingclub.org.