Sometimes it takes luck, sometimes skill, sometimes dedication and other times you just have to stand up to the mark.
And Kilkenny lifeguards had the skill and dedication, and were not a bit shy about standing up to the mark at the Wexford International Lifesaving Competitions.
Representing Kilkenny Water Safety, local lifeguards excelled in their performance. For a third year in a row they won the competition and also won a number of sections within the competition.
Competing against top lifeguards from Wexford, Cork, Dublin, Leeds and many other areas, the Kilkenny team showed that they are not only a match for the best but they are the best.
Outstanding on the day was Gary Knox, team captain. Determined to lead the team for a third victory, Gary gave the competition everything, using his speed and skills to set the standard for the day. He led and encouraged his team to the success they deserved.Other winning team members were Aislinn Rice, Michael Gaul and Neill Butler.
Kilkenny Water Safety also had two other teams taken part in the senior section. Taking forth place were Catherine Costigan, Kevin Hoyne, Daniel O’Brine and David Prendergast, while taking sixth place were Jennifer Hoyne, Kate Butler, Derbhlia Coogan and Liam Lanigan. All teams consist of outstanding lifeguards who proudly represented Kilkenny Water Safety.
Kilkenny Water Safety also had a junior team in the competition for the first time – and judging by the standard Kilkenny will have top lifeguards for sometime to come. The junior team took joint second place in the staged incident and won the speed carry. This was outstanding for a first attempt. The team members were Eimear Lanigan, Áine Lanigan, Shona Lanigan and Callum Maher.
Coaches Sheila Hennessy, Eddie Hoyne and Sonia Lanigan, who were delighted with the results, said the teams gave it everything and were already thinking of next year. To win the competition has proven very difficult over the years so to win three in a row and do so well with all the other teams is impressive, the said.