Sidmouth Surf Lifesaving members take leading role in Devon team

The Sidmouth Surf Life Saving Club seven members who are involved with the Devion squad and now unde

The Sidmouth Surf Life Saving Club seven members who are involved with the Devion squad and now under the watchful eye of the team GB selectors. - Credit: Archant

In only the third year of junior competition by Sidmouth Surf Lifesaving Club seven of its youngsters have been selected to represent Devon.

Louis Spalding, Jack Gregorius and Lucy Gosling have been selected to compete in the open event and Esmee Gregorius, Finlay Morgan, Josh Roberts and Josie Crisp have been selected in the under 15 years category.

Sidmouth’s competitors beat off competition of all clubs in Devon to secure places in the team at recent trials in North Devon. Only one other club, Woolacombe, has more members in the team.

The Devon team had the first of two head-to-head competitions with Cornwall last weekend (July 8) and they meet again on July 22.

From these meetings an England team will be selected.

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What’s more GB team selectors will also be overseeing events to keep an eye out on any stand-out individuals who would then be asked to join team GB to compete internationally.

The chairman and also head coach at Sidmouth Surf Life Saving Club, Dave Manley, said: “I am extremely proud of these athletes, they have trained hard and shown great dedication and this has paid off with selection into the county team.

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“In only a few years of competition, in what is a totally new sport for our athletes, we have become one of the leading clubs nationally.”

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