Local lifesaving duo make history

Published 25/08/2015 | 00:00

David Butler, Emer Kelly, Denise Bolger and Cameron Steel, double European men's and women's line throw champions 2015
David Butler, Emer Kelly, Denise Bolger and Cameron Steel, double European men's and women's line throw champions 2015

Two members of Wexford Lifesaving Club made history when they represented Ireland at the recent European championships held in Swansea, Wales.

It was team Ireland's most successful international event ever as the country's top lifeguards won 18 medals competing against Europe's finest athletes.

Cameron Steel along with David Butler from Dublin won the gold medal in the men's line throw event, while Wexford's Denise Bolger along with Emer Kelly from Wicklow won the women's line throw, making Ireland double European champions.

The Irish men also won bronze medals in the SERC simulated emergency response competition.

On the beach and ocean events, Ireland won a host more medals in a wide range of events. Every team member made finals, earning valuable points and contributing to Ireland's fifth place ocean finish and ninth overall in pool and ocean combined.

Denise won a further individual gold in the beach sprint and bronze with the women's beach sprint relay team.

The team broke 27 Irish records which was a phenomenal success, with a plethora of personal best performances featured.

Cameron and Denise are working as lifeguards on Courtown and Ballymoney beaches respectively this summer.

Training continues in preparation for the national surf lifesaving championships, starting with provincial qualifiers for Nippers and Juniors aged eight to 18 this weekend on Curracloe beach.

The national Nippers and Juniors and Seniors and Masters competitons take place in Tramore and Clare in September.

Training will re-start in the swimming pool at the end of September in preparation for the Leeds competition. Anyone interested in starting in the lifesaving club may contact Joanne Beaver for details.

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