Water safety comes first

Leas Cathaoirleach Cllr. Maurice Shortall officiated at the Presentation of Lifeguard Certificates at County Hall on Friday night.

Leas Cathaoirleach Cllr. Maurice Shortall officiated at the Presentation of Lifeguard Certificates at County Hall on Friday night.

Cllr. Shortall said he was greatly honoured to make the presentations.

“To achieve this standard of water safety takes a lot of commitment and effort from you and also from your parents, who have encouraged and motivated you to reach your goal. You can now be very proud of your achievement and the fact that not only may you find employment as a Lifeguard, but that you have obtained a skill for life, A skill that might one day save a life or take control in an emergency situation, due to the knowledge you have now attained.

“We also have young people present here tonight who participated in the National Championships in Limerick and won gold, silver and bronze medals. Congratulations to you one and all on another great day out for Kilkenny!

“The Watershed Management and Staff deserve a mention, especially for the professional and efficient way the complex is run but also the way in which it has facilitated Kilkenny Water Safety. In particular the Nipper Championships was held there in April with participation from several counties all over the country and the feedback was very positive by competitors, coaches and parents who said it was one of the best Nipper Championships held to date.

“Lastly I would like to congratulate Kilkenny County Committee Members including Instructors and Swimming Teachers for their commitment on a purely voluntary basis in providing quality life saving skills to all of you here tonight and will provide to other young people well into the future. They deserve a big thank you from the city and county of Kilkenny,” concluded the Leas Cathaoirleach.