Heanor club’s success at world lifesaving championships

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Heanor Swimming and Lifesaving Club made a splash on the international stage after six members competed at the World Lifesaving Championships in the Netherlands.

The six — Emma and Jayne Stallion, Calum Briggs, Joe Scurrah, Mark Wright and Ben Witz, who are part of the coaching team at the club — came 43rd out of 105 teams at the three-day event in Eindhoven.

The team also celebrated two sixth places as the club achieved the best results in its history.

Their success on the world stage has already sparked more interest from people wanting to learn the skill of lifesaving.

To compete at the championships, the athletes had to qualify by taking part in national competitions, which determined the events they ccould take part in at the Pieter van den Hoogenband swimming stadium.

The main event on the first day was the simulated emergency response competition that featured 75 teams, including from Germany, Australia, Holland, Italy, France, South Africa, Belgium and Spain. Heanor won their preliminary round to progress to the final 16, where they took a terrific overall sixth place in the final.

Heanor also made the A final of the female open rope throw pairs with their final sixth place another landmark for the club.

Each day started at 7am with a warm-up at the pool and Heanor’s athletes produced great swims and personal bests as they held their own against some of the best lifesavers in the world.