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January
2015
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City’s lifeguards make waves at annual challenge event












Caption 1: (L-R) Joanne Brayshaw, from Pudsey Leisure Centre,
Vicky Greenwood from Kippax Leisure Centre and Joanne Healy, from Pudsey
Leisure Centre practising their CPR.











Caption 2: Lifeguards line up poolside at the John Charles Centre for Sport.










Lifeguards
from leisure centres across the city put their skills to the test to see who
would be crowned Leeds’s top poolside patrollers.






The
annual Leeds Lifeguard Challenge saw the team from Kirkstall Leisure Centre
emerge as the overall winners after a day of competition which included first
aid simulations and relay races.






Now
in its 19th year, the friendly contest is designed to help recognise the city’s
lifeguards while they practice their key skills and work as a team.






Held
at the John Charles Centre for Sport, the event saw ten teams from Aireborough,
Armley, Holt Park, John Charles, John Smeaton, Kippax, Kirkstall, Pudsey,
Rothwell and Scott Hall centres battle it out.






Other
winners on the day included Holt Park Active, who were victorious in a rope
throw relay, and Scott Hall Leisure Centre, who were the best in the simulated
pool incident.






Mark Sugden, centre manager at Kirkstall Leisure Centre, said: 



“The team really
enjoyed the day and we’re all very proud that they were named overall winners.






“It’s
great that they’ve got the recognition they deserve and also had to chance to
work alongside teams from other centres and practice their skills.”






Leeds
City Council lifeguards undergo National Pool Lifeguard Qualification training
which includes water rescue, spinal injury management, life support and first
aid.






The
John Charles Centre was also named the Royal Life Saving Society’s approved
training centre of the year for 2013.






Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member
for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills
, said:






“The
Lifeguard Challenge is always a really fun and exciting day that gives our
lifeguards a great chance to get together for a bit of friendly competition.






“But
it also highlights the important role they play in keeping thousands of
swimmers across the city safe each and every day as they enjoy our pools and
leisure centres.






“Lifeguards
have to be constantly alert and ready to act at any time and they’re a real
credit to the city. Congratulations to the team at Kirkstall Leisure Centre too
on a well-deserved win.”






For
more information on Leeds’s lifeguard training, visit:
http://www.leeds.gov.uk/sports/Pages/Coach-education.aspx






ENDS






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