LAST Saturday, 23 members of Kilkenny Water Safety travelled to University of Limericks 50m pool to compete in the National Stillwater Lifesaving Championships in junior, senior and masters sections.
It was a fantastic event for all, many competing for the first time. As events progressed through the day they competed with the best in Ireland winning 5 gold, 15 silver, 7 bronze along with coming 4th on five occasions it was the most successful national championships to date for Kilkenny water safety with Kate Walsh setting a new u19 national record taking 2.14 seconds off the previous record set in 2008 .
Both women and men masters team finished top in their categories and the women senior team finished 2nd. Over all it was a fantastic day for all who took part and are now looking forward to Wexford International Lifesaving Competition in April and National Surf Lifesaving championships this August in Donegal.
The competitors were Kate Walsh, Saoirse Claffey, Lyndsey Dillon, Rianne Byrne, Nia Powis, Siobhan Curtis, Catherine Brennan, Aoife Farell, Fiona Johnson, Niamh Farrell, Lorcan Farell, Gary Knox, Jordan Laubster, Aislinn Rice, Catherine Costigan, Lisa Power, Christine Healy, Liam Dooley, Robin Newsome, Ken Bartley, Deirdre Power, Susan Cook, Marie Barry. Team coaches are John Claffey, Gary Knox and Robin Newsome.
The National Nipper Championships (8-13 yrs) is being held in The Watershed in April and all are currently training hard to keep Kilkenny a strong force in surf lifesaving in the future.