European Junior Surf Lifesaving Championships 2009- Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

European Junior Surf Lifesaving Championships 2009

Clare young people contributed well to the win for Ireland of six Medals in the European Junior Lifesaving Championships in Holland in early September.

The efforts of Ireland’s fittest junior Lifeguards (Under 19) ensured a place in the top ten Internationally for Team Ireland, coming eighth overall in a competition that saw 140 competitors from fourteen countries compete in the premier Lifesaving event in Europe.

Commenting on the importance of Irish Water Safety’s programme of Lifesaving Sport, Team Coach Oisín McGrath: “Lifesaving sport is primarily intended to encourage lifesavers to develop, maintain and improve the essential physical and mental skills needed to save lives in the aquatic environment. Lifesaving competitions consist of a variety of competitions to further develop and demonstrate lifesaving skills, fitness and motivation. Children around Ireland as young as eight can get involved in a series of progressive Lifesaving classes taught by Irish Water Safety, through the website.”

Team Ireland: Members of the Team Ireland team competing at the European Junior Lifesaving Championships in Holland were:

Melissa Power, Siobhan McGrath, Cormac O Sullivan, Bernard Cahill, Dylan Barrett.These competitors were selected, based on performance, from a Junior panel which trained intensively at training camps around the county and country.

COACH: Oisín McGrath, Clare.

International Referee, Clare woman, Clare McGrath officiated as Referee in both pool and open water disciplines at the events.



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