28th March 2003

 

UNIVERSITY STAFF ARE REAL LIFESAVERS

 

Two recreation trainers at the University of Lincoln have won medals at this year’s National Lifesaving Finals in Manchester.

 

Sally Barlow of Haffenden Road, Lincoln and Ian Symmons of High Street, Wellingore have both won medals in their respective 50+ categories.

 

Sally won two gold medals – for first aid/resuscitation and rope throw rescue – and a silver medal in the overall national champion 50+ lady master category.

 

Coincidentally, Ian won exactly the same medals in the 50+ male master category.

 

“I took the bronze medal in the overall category last year,” said Sally, “so next year I hope to take the gold medal, then I’ll have one of each!”

 

Sally (52) and Ian (59) both work part-time at the university’s Riseholme Park campus as practical instructors in pool life guarding, beach life guarding and first aid.

 

They are also trainer assessors in these areas and find time to work as Lincoln volunteer lifeguards into the bargain.

 

Both competitors had to succeed in regional competitions before they could enter for the national championships held at the new Manchester Aquatic Centre.

 

The National Lifesaving Championship is an annual event which comprises four elements – water initiative (wet), first aid/resuscitation initiative (dry), rope throw rescue and 50m swim and 50m tow.

 

“All the events take place in one day so it is very hectic,” said Sally.

 

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For more information contact: Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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