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Clonakilty life savers among country's best

February 28th, 2016 6:25 PM

By Southern Star Team

Cork Master Tom O'Herlihy from Clonakilty being presented with a gold medal for winning the 100m obstacle race by John Leech, CEO of Irish Water Safety, at National Life Saving Championships. (Photo: Lisa Lillywhite)

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THE National Life Saving Championships which took place in the University of Limerick 50m pool last weekend gave 310 of the best life savers in Ireland an opportunity to compete in conditions that life savers can encounter in real-life rescue situations. West Cork was represented by competitors from Clonakilty and Dunmanway ranging in age from 13 to 54.   

While all teams competed well, once again it was the Masters that excelled, beating off stiff competition from all over Ireland including a team from Belfast to retain the All Ireland Indoor Championship title that they won in 2015. 

Five new Irish records were set by the Cork Masters team this time out including three for Jean Luc Morales, one for Bridget Lehane Walsh and one for Lisa Lillywhite all from Clonakilty. 

Special thanks was expressed to the volunteer coaches who have been working tirelessly with these athletes over the long winter months!

At the moment the club is training its youngest competitors who range in age from seven to 14 (Nippers). These Nippers will represent Cork and compete in Munster and All-Ireland Indoor competitions over the coming weeks.  For more information contact Justin Crowley on 086-8915219 or find us on Facebook.

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