Life savers’ super achievements celebrated at annual awards

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Horsham Life Saving Club’s fantastic achievements were recognised at the club’s annual presentation of honours and awards last Thursday.

The guests of honour were Royal Life Saving Society deputy commonwealth president Clive Holland and Horsham District Council chairman Brian O’Connell.

Each of the guests in some part participated in presentations recognising a whole range of successful achievements in 2014.

In particular, Holland had travelled to re-present The Clive Holland Cup for Lifesaving Club of the Year to honour all the club members.

The original presentation to four representative club members had taken place in London Guildhall in October at the National Honours Ceremony.

Cllr O’Connell presented all of the proficiency awards the members had gained throughout the year.

Some 201 exams were passed and Kate Hall, Megan Holms, Sam Watts, Abbie Sandle and Emily Heather had secured the distinction award which recognises having achieved bronze, silver and gold level in pool, still water and beach exams.

He also presented all the cups and medals for the club lifesaving competitions in which there were a record entry.

Ellen Macrae was the best novice competitor and Ciaran Fitzgerald the overall aggregate champion.

Holland presented certificates to all the volunteer instructors, who between them had undertaken some 540 hours of instruction to help members achieve their exam successes.

In addition, he presented individual RLSS national honours to Freddie Hayes-Coles and Alex Mays and re-presented similar honours awarded to Bryan Lopez, Emma Hatton, Megan Holms and Kate Hall.

The Special Achievement Cup was awarded to Elish Edwards and voting for Club Member of the Year proved in favour of James Cossons for the second year running.

Holland said: “I was delighted to be invited to come to the club and personally present my cup to all the members in recognition of all the work it does on behalf of the RLSS in furthering the work of drowning prevention.

“Spending as much time as I do in international calls and meetings, it was great to get back to where it actually happens.

“Internationally, drowning statistics are difficult to fully quantify as natural disasters, shipping and industrial accidents and the like are allocated and recorded elsewhere.”

Club chairman David Slade said: “As chairman I was delighted with the collective recognition and as one of the instructors, it gave me great personal satisfaction to see so many members suitably rewarded.”

The club will start a new bronze medallion class when The Pavilions re-open in February. For more information, details be found on their website – www.horshamlifesavingclub.co.uk – or on the club noticeboard at The Pavilions.