Rhoose Lifeguards Club celebrated another successful year of competitions, lifesaving awards and other events over the year.
2016 was been a busy year for the club with members from the Nipper, Junior, Senior and Masters age groups congratulated on their efforts in the various competitions and awards achieved.
As well as the excellent competitive performances over the year, the club also thanked all of the club members, parents and helpers who are involved with committee duties, fund raising and coaching help with the club.
The 2016 series of events started with the Stillwater pool competitions in early spring. The Rhoose Ski Race took place in May followed with the summer Welsh and GB Ocean Champs and the usual Carnivals, completing the competitive element for the club.
A number of the junior and senior members of the club travelled to Portreath, Cornwall to represent Wales as part of the Welsh Surf Lifesaving team.
To finish off at the summer, some junior and senior club members also travelled to Holland and competed in the World championships and came away with some pretty impressive results.
A summary of the individual and club successes: best first year Junior - Emily Parker; mMost Improved Paddler - Tesni Gardiner; Best Junior - Brooke Peterson; Lifeguard of the Year - Jason Grice; Toudic Cup (winner of the Nipper Race) - Xantia Hobrough, Evie Wong; Winner for junior/senior/master – Jason Grice; Kevin Rowlands Trophy - Kelsea Petersen; Sarah Thompson - Kelsea Peterson; The Fontygary Pool award – Dominic Lee.
The Margaret Cooper Award (presented for outstanding contribution) was awarded to both Steph and Colin who have worked tirelessly for the club over the past years and we wanted to show our sincere thanks for this.
It was a bumper year for awards last year and we currently have 34 qualified lifeguards amongst our members. We are also please to announce that we had Michelle Wall, Sarah Bryant and Steve Baker qualify as trainer assessors.
We had a very large contingency in the Welsh team who did our club and country proud. Our members were Jason Grice, Declan Ewington, Alex Parry, Jack Giddings, Karen O’D, Millie Wiggins, Brooke, Ellie and Kelsea Peterson.
We had five of our members competing at the World Championships in Holland - Millie Wiggins, Alex Parry, Tanara O’Neill, Jack Giddings and Karen O’Donoghue-Harris.
All had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. They were competing against the best in the world and some races had 140+ competitors.
Millie got ninth place in the under-18s ski and 10th in under-18s sprints, and Alex managed a superb sixth place in the ski race.
Karen surpassed even her own recent high standards, winning the Ski and Ironman events in the Masters, and third in the board race, so she now holds the full set of titles as she is the current Welsh, British, European and world champion.
To complete an amazing year we retained our title of Super Club, which is a culmination of Nippers, juniors, seniors and masters, pool and beach.
Rhoose Lifeguards would like to thank again all of the members, parents, coaches and friends of the club for their continued support – thanks for a great year!