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South Worcester Return to Lifesaving Sport after 18 Months

After an eighteen-month hiatus from Lifesaving Sport Competitions, South Worcester Lifesaving and Lifeguard Club's competition team came back with a bang - 18 medals including 6 gold medals, 6 silvers and 6 bronze medals – at the RLSS Lifesaving Sport Challenge in Leeds.

Returning from the COVID shutdown, the event involved a new format which included four new fun relays for the teams to try. Our 15–17-year-old team of Rosie Forson, Lara Harding, Rebecca Leahey and Mia Bayliss-Cutler came away with 2 bronze medals in the Clothing Tow and Mixed Tow relays. Two members of our master’s team Marsha Bayliss Cutler and the Team Manager Vanessa Eagland joined forces with two members from Crawley Lifesaving to win all of their 5 relays.

With a long history of rope throw success for the club, the team did not disappoint with another Gold for Marsha and Silver medals for Koji Bayliss-Cutler in the12-14 category, Rosie Forson in the 15-17 category. Taking part in their first ever lifesaving sport competition it was also silver medals for Sue Leahey in the master’s and James Andrews in the 15-17 category.

The Masters led the team by example in the 100m Manikin Tow with another medal for Marsha Bayliss-Cutler this time a silver and bronze medal for both Vanessa Eagland and Sue Leahey in their age categories. Marsha also added to her tally with a silver in the 100m manikin carry with fins and a bronze in the 50m Manikin Carry.

In the open category the team coach Alex Jackson received a bronze in the 100m Manikin carry with fins. Moving up to the category Ellen Forson and Jacob Goodall showed great resilience with 4 personal best times between them. Similarly, Rebecca Leahey was on fire with leading the 15-17 team with personal best times in most of her swims.

The 18-month break allowed 5 new competitors to join the team in the 12-14 age category – Koji Bayliss Cutler, Evie Goodall, Poppy Harding, Jennifer Leahey and Scarlett Eagland – all of whom swam their hearts out narrowly missing a medal in the relays. Special mention goes to some amazing swims by Evie Goodall hitting the top 20 in all races at the bottom of the age category.

Photo left to right:

Team Manager Vanessa Eagland, Jennifer Leahey, Alex Jackson, James Andrews, Evie Goodall, Marsh Bayliss-Cutler, Ellen Forson, Lara Harding, Rebecca Leahey, Rosie Forson, Mia Bayliss-Cutler, Poppy Harding, Scarlett Eagland , Koji Bayliss-Cutler, Sue Leahey and Jacob Goodall.

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