Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Club Members Hone Their Life-Saving Skills

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Club Members Hone Their Life-Saving Skills

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THERE was a look of alarm amongst Sawtell beachgoers last Sunday when what looked like a mass rescue was taking place.

In fact, it was proficiency time for the volunteer life savers with Sawtell SLSC.

Each year all surf club members need to complete a timed run, swim run, board and tube rescue, demonstrate resuscitation and first aid techniques plus IRB competencies.

This is to ensure that all members are on top of their skills going forward into a new season, so don't be alarmed as these proficiencies will be taking place at all our patrolled beaches until December 2008, but take the opportunity to view local surf club members displaying their skills in a non-emergency environment.

IT may have been Hayley Bateup's third victory in the nib Coolangatta Gold but all local eyes were cheering on local girl Courtney Hancock.

Even with a 30sec penalty for the run leg, Courtney was able to edge out Alyce Bennett during the 7.5km soft sand run home for the silver medal.

With a 15km ski paddle, 4.5km board paddle, 2.5km swim and 7.5km home, Courtney really is an iron woman.

Competing in the Junior Coolangatta Gold, five local representatives put on awesome displays of endurance with all managing top 20 finishes.

U15 Sarah Lumley (Coffs) finished a creditable 13th in 1-1.2m testing surf whilst Tyler Partland (Coffs) finished an exciting fifth in what was a blanket finish in the U14 male event.

In the U15 female event Chandla Stack (Saw) paddled brilliantly to 11th place, Ashleigh McBrien (Coffs) ran into 16th but the swimming rocket Leila Walker (Saw) made up six places in the swim leg to finish in fifth place.

Congratulations to all with results like this in the junior ranks and competitors like Courtney Hancock leading the way, it is only a matter of time before the Gold will rest within the North Coast Branch.

GARRY Howe, president of Urunga Junior SLSC and all-round good guy, has been nominated and won the regional IGA's Unsung Hero's and is now a State finalist.

We need your votes to get him over the line to win Urunga Surf Club a $5000 donation from IGA. …

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