Medals haul for lifesavers

Ripley Surf Lifesaving Club
Ripley Surf Lifesaving Club

Ripley Surf Lifesaving Club travelled to Exmouth last week for the British Surf Lifesaving Championships, ahead of the Lifesaving World Championships in Montpellier.

The British championships is an annual event on the club calendar and this year the members of the Ripley team excelled themselves by achieving three gold and three bronze medals, competing with over 30 of the best coastal lifesaving teams in the UK.

Competing in the youth category were Fern Jackson, Jess Lockwood, George Spendlove, Jason Lockwood, Amy Evans, Frazer Crump, Jennie Lockwood, Jess Hancock and Georgina Holbird.

Events included a sea swim, 1km run, beach sprint, rescue boards and flags and a torturous ocean triathlon incorporating rescue board, run and swim.

The team performed at a very high level to secure many top ten finishes.

Jennie Lockwood won an impressive two gold medals in the beach sprint and run and a bronze in beach flags.

George Spendlove battled hard to win the highly contested gold medal in the beach flags and also won a bronze with Frazer Crump in the tube rescue.

Overall the team were placed 14th, which is an outstanding achievement in such a competitive field.

In the Nipper category were Jason Lockwood, Jess Hancock, Georgina Holbird, as well as Daniel and Luke Waterfall, competing for the first time at a National event

Taking part in a highly competitive field of experienced coastal-based teams, the squad produced some extremely determined performances and secured many top ten finishes which is an outstanding achievement at a top-level event all accompanied by a full display by the Red Arrows.

A club spokesperson said: “Well done Ripley Surf Lifesaving team!”