Sidmouth Surf Lifesaving Club lottery funding success

PUBLISHED: 16:36 12 June 2018 | UPDATED: 18:11 15 June 2018

Sidmouth Surf Life Saving Club celebrating the lottery funding award. Picture SIMON HORN

Sidmouth Surf Life Saving Club celebrating the lottery funding award. Picture SIMON HORN

Simon Horn

Following a successful Sports Lottery Grant application for £10,000, Sidmouth Surf Lifesaving Club saw the delivery of six new single learner racing skis and a racing double ski last week.

Sidmouth Surf Life Saving Club action. Picture SIMON HORN Sidmouth Surf Life Saving Club action. Picture SIMON HORN

The skis are used in surf lifesaving competition and are specifically designed to negotiate waves in the fastest possible way.

The club has been developing its competitive squad over the last four years and has been highly successful at a county and national level. The club boasts a number of British champions and a third of the Devon youth team are made up from Sidmouth competitors. Sidmouth is the most successful south coast club at Devon and national championships.

Good weather and calm seas welcomed the arrival of the new skis at the club’s Wednesday night training session.

This gave the 50-strong competitive squad a great opportunity to try their hand at ski paddling.

Sidmouth Surf Life Saving Club action. Picture SIMON HORN Sidmouth Surf Life Saving Club action. Picture SIMON HORN

Dave Manley, chairman and head coach, says: “We have been extremely successful over the last few years in most surf lifesaving competition disciplines - such as swimming, board paddling and beach events. However, where we have lacked depth is in ski paddling.

“These new learning skis will help get our members paddling at a young age, allowing them to progress their skills and be ready to compete when they become old enough.

“Ski paddling is an excellent form of fitness specifically working the upper body and core.”

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