Sidmouth’s Lifesavers Shine at Devon Championships

Sidmouth Surf Life Saving Club. Ref shs 20-16SH 4377. Picture: Simon Horn.

Sidmouth Surf Life Saving Club. Ref shs 20-16SH 4377. Picture: Simon Horn. - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth’s Youth (13-19yrs) Surf Lifesaving Team finished third in the Devon Championships last weekend.

The event, which involves beach and ocean races, was held at Saunton Sands Beach in North Devon.

Nine teams were represented and competitors were met with three to four foot surf which threw up challenging conditions for the Sidmouth team who lack the experience of the North Coast Clubs who train regularly in such surf.

Despite this, Sidmouth improved on their fifth position from last year coming third beating Croyde Bay and Bideford Bay Surf Lifesaving clubs and all south coast teams.

All team members gained points for the club. Notable performances came from Louis Spalding who won the beach flags and came second in the beach sprint.


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Lucy Gosling won the one-kilometer beach run closely followed by Sophia Manley in third. Josie crisp won a gold in the U15 beach sprint.

In the water Aimee Keast won the U17yrs Ocean Women with Jack Gregorius coming third in the boys race.

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The Sidmouth team are no preparing for the British Championships being held in Exmouth over the weekend of 9/10 August.

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