Local ‘surf lifesavers' take gold at World Championships in Holland

September 21st, 2016 7:15 AM

By Jackie Keogh

Eilish Hart and Sharon Russell in the medal winners' enclosure at the World Championships. (Photo: Mel Neville)

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TWO members of the Cork Surf Lifesavers have secured gold in the World Championships.

Eilish Hart and Sharon Russell, members of the Cork Lifesavers team, took gold in the line-throw event at the Lifesaving World Championships in Holland last week.

The high-energy indoor pool event involves throwing a rescue line to retrieve a ‘victim’, who is positioned at a distance of 12.5m, within a 45-second time frame.

Eilish and Sharon secured the gold medal with a time of 18.6 seconds – a full 18 seconds ahead of the runners up. Afterwards, Sharon, who is from Dunmanway, thanked her friends and family for their support. And added: ‘I didn’t want to let my team mate down.’

Meanwhile, it is the second gold at world championship level for Eilish. She received her first gold in the 2008 World Championships for a board rescue event. After her most recent win, Eilish said: ‘I’m looking forward to showing my daughters my new medal when I get back to Clonakilty.’

The West Cork winners have set the Irish team off to a world-class start at the championships with more events scheduled to take place up to and including September 18th.

There are, in fact, a record number of Cork Surf Life Savers competing in this year’s World Championships following a fantastic summer of inter-club events.

Cork Surf Life Saving – which is based in Inchydoney and Youghal and is part of Irish Water Safety – is now the largest club of its kind in the country and sent a total of 35 members to compete in youth, senior and master categories.

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