Kilkenny Water Safety successfully defended their title at the Wexford International Lifesaving Competitions. Kilkenny were back to defend their title with four teams of lifeguards looking to secure places on the podium.
Last years winning team of Gary Knox, Jane O’Neill, Derry O’Driscoll and Michael Gaule got off to a great start by winning the staged incident. They also went on to win the lifesaving methods of rescue skills. This along with top class rope throws gave them enough of a lead to win the overall competition ahead of twenty other English and Irish teams.
That was not the only good news on the day for Kilkenny Water Safety. With three other teams in the competition they also secured third place with the team of Kevin Hoyne, Ryan O’Driscoll, Aislinn Rice and Neill Butler. This team not only came third but had an exceptional time to win the speed carry giving them another award to bring home.
Kilkenny Water Safety’s third team of Mairead Downey, Catherine Costigan, Kate Butler and Robin Newsome also did very well securing fifth place. While the forth team of Jennifer Hoyne, Marie Treacy, Marie Barry and Peter Funchion came in twelfth.
Once again this reflects on the high quality and standards of our lifeguards in Kilkenny. Many of the lifeguards who competed for Kilkenny in the competition are employed by The Watershed and at other pools in Kilkenny.
The team trainers, Sheila Hennessy and Eddie Hoyne, complemented the teams on their results and said this was the best result ever to be achieved in this competition over its twenty five years by any group of lifeguards.