International Results


European Junior Lifesaving Championships 2013
- Riccione, Italy

Board race


Lily Barrett- 1st European Junior Champion
Ayesha Garvey- 14th
Adam- 10th
Run- Swim - Run
Lily- 4th
Ayesha- 14th
Katie Shannon- 18th
Eoghan O Grady- 2nd (super close finish)
Rory Mc Evoy- 6th
Hugh Mc Mahon- 14th

Adam Mc Evoy- 8th
Cameron Steel- 13th

Board Rescue
Lily & Roisin- 1st - European Junior Champions
Adam & Rory- 4th
Rescue Tube Rescue
Ciara Gleeson, Ayesha, Katie, Lily- 8th 
Hugh, Cameron, Adam, Eoghan- 10th



Rescue 2012 World Lifesaving Championships - Australia

Irish team win 16 medals.

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Rescue 2012, the world surf-lifesaving championships got off to a great start for the Irish competitors on the first day of competition. The Irish SERC team of 4, took 7th place overall in the Simulated Emergency Response Competition, out of 42 countries. The 4 Irish athletes arrived on the pool deck to a rescue scenario which consisted of 12 casualties to rescue from the 50m pool in 2 minutes.The Judging panel gave the overall title to the hugely experienced Australian team.

Day 1 of the pool competition saw Clare man, Bernard Cahill taking silver in the under 20 age group in the 200m obstacle race, with a new Irish record of 2:02.87. Bernard followed this up with a gold in the Rescue Medley with a new WORLD YOUTH RECORD. Out on christies beach, the masters competitors, Norma Cahill, Oisin McGrath and Colm Fitzgerald between them took 2 bronze medals. Norma 3rd in the surf swim and Oisin 3rd in the Board race. Day 2 in the pool,once again saw Bernard Cahill on the podium to get a silver medal in the 50m manakin carry and bronze in the 200m super lifesaver. The remaining irish team members broke a number of irish records and made a number of a-finals during the day. The result of the day went to the pairing of Dylan Barrett and David Butler, who took gold in the Mens line throw. All countries stood to hear amhran-na bhfiann echo through the adelaide sports complex.

On the beach that day, the masters pairing of Oisin McGrath and Colm fitzgerald beat a huge field of international competitors to take bronze in the board rescue. Colm went on the take silver in the Mens beach flags which was followed soon after with Oisin taking a silver in the mens 2km beach run.

With a total of 12 world championships medals, saw team ireland in a strong position going out on to the beach for the international teams beach competition. a total of 42 teams were entered and it promised to be a great 2 days of racing. a number of Olympic athletes were in attendance to put their skills to the test against the best lifesavers in the world. the mens surf race was a star studded line up of olympians from France, NZ and australia, The mens beach sprint was headed up by the Iranian 100m olympic sprinter. The mens ski paddle was won by the New Zealand K1 olympic paddler.

Despite the hugley competitive field the Irish athletes made a number of finals, placing them in the top 16 in the world. Bernard Cahill shone once again, in the under 20's beach events taking a bronze in the surf swim and place top 5 in his other events, surf ski race, ocean man and board paddle. In the ladies, Triona McMenamin and Trish Brenna both made finals in the board paddle and surf ski race respectively. Sara English and Trish Brennan both also makin the ladies surf swim final. Oisin McGrath placed in 2 finals, the board race and surf ski race. Together with Dyland Barrett, the Irish pairing won the B-Final of the Board Rescue, placing them 9th overall. In the mens surf swim, both dylan Barrett and colm fitzgerald both beat stiff opposition to gain a final place in the surf swim final. as the day drew to a close, 2 events remained. the most popular events of the day,. The mens ocean-man final and the Taplin relay finals. Dylan Barrett got the final session off to a great start with his 15th place in the mens ocena man. This was won by lifesaving hall of fame athlete, and professional Iron man Shannon Eckstein.

In the taplin relays, team put forward their best swimmer, ski paddler, board paddler and sprinter, and go head to head in a non-stop relay race. The irish Mens team raced hard against the best lifesavering athletes in the world and took 6th place overall, which was an outstanding result for team Ireland.

In the end the Irish team with points accumulated from the 2 day pool competition, and 2 days of beach competition took 16th place overall, out of 42 international teams competing. The Overall title went to the star studded New Zealand team, with 3 olympic swimmers, Olympic Kayak paddler and Olympic rower. a well deserved victory after a very impressive performance from the Kiwis. The irish lifesavers returned home with a total of 16 world championship medals and a wealth of new lifesaving experience from the best lifesavers throughout the world.

European Junior Lifesaving Championships 2012

Venue: Sweden

Ireland has won Gold in the European Lifesaving Championships in Jönköping, Sweden. This outstanding achievement has been achieved by Bernard Cahill and Rory Sexton from Clare. They won their medals in the team beach event which simulates a rescue from the water called a Board Rescue.Bernard also won a Gold medal in Run Swim Run event whilst his teammate Rory Sexton won silver. Bernard then went on to win another Silver in the individual Rescue Board Race. Meanwhile in the Girls Run Swim Run, Lily Barrett from Ennis took a bronze medal. This is the first time that Ireland has made such an achievement, overall we won the beach competition. We were 4th Overall in the Boys Competition at beach and pool events and we are now ranked 8th overall in Europe and seven National records were broken. These results reflect the excellent work done at local and national level in Lifesaving sports for a number of years now.What makes this success special is the great work undertaken by the volunteers who teach and train these young athletes.

The Championships simulate real life rescue situations that these Lifesavers can expect to encounter as Lifeguards. To secure six International medals at European level is testimony to how hard they trained and how well they prepared as individuals and as a team.

Lifesaving sport is primarily intended to encourage lifesavers to develop, maintain and improve the essential physical and mental skills needed to save lives in the aquatic environment. Lifesaving competitions consist of a variety of competitions to further develop and demonstrate lifesaving skills, fitness and motivation. Children around Ireland as young as eight can get involved in a series of progressive Lifesaving classes taught by Irish Water Safety, through the website and hopefully go on to represent their country in these competitions.

The sport of Lifesaving:

1. Life Saving Sport is recognised as an Olympic Category two Sport and it is recognised by the International Olympic Committee and the World Sports Federation.

2. The sport is controlled by International Lifesaving (ILS) Sport and this organisation is recognised by IOC as the controlling body for the sport worldwide. There are over one hundred countries registered as members of ILS.

3. Within Europe the sport is controlled by International Lifesaving Sport Europe a subsidiary body of ILS.

4. Irish Water Safety is recognised by both bodies as the National Governing Body for the sport in Ireland.

5. Irish Water Safety has organised the sport in Ireland since 1946. His Excellency President Sean T. O'Ceallaigh presented the Presidents Award to IWS in 1950 for competition between the counties of Ireland and it is competed for every year since then.

6. ILS, ILSE and IWS all subscribe to WADA.

7. The sport holds European and World Championships in addition to National Championships.

8. A Sports Commission controls the sport within IWS. Participation in competitions has been part funded by IWS.

9. Life Saving Sport is quite distinct in that the disciplines in which people compete are directly related to elements of lifeguarding.

Event descriptions:

Manikin Relay: Four competitors in turn carry a manikin approximately 25m each.

Medley Relay: With a dive start on an acoustic signal, the first competitor swims 50m freestyle without fins.With a dive start after the first competitor touches the wall, the second competitor swims 50m Freestyle with fins.With a dive start after the second competitor touches the wall, the third competitor swims 50m freestyle towing a rescue tube. The third competitor touches the turning edge.The fourth competitor is in the water wearing fins with at least one hand on the turning edge or starting block. The fourth competitor takes the harness of the rescue tube and the third competitor to a fourth competitor in the water wearing fins with at least one hand on the turning edge or starting block. The third competitor, playing the role of “victim,” holds the rescue tube with both hands, while being towed 50m by the fourth competitor to the finish.

Line Throw: In this timed event, the competitor throws an unweighted line to a fellow team member located in the water located 12m distant and pulls this “victim” back to the finish edge of the pool.

Surf Race: With a running start into the surf from the start line on the beach, competitors swim around the 400m course designated by buoys, returning to shore to finish between the finish flags on the beach.

Board Race: Competitors stand on or behind the start line on the beach with their boards 1.5m apart. At the start signal, competitors enter the water, launch their boards, and paddle the course marked by buoys, return to the beach, and run to cross the finish line.

Ski Race: On the starting signal, competitors paddle their skis around the course marked by buoys and return to finish when any part of the ski crosses the in-water finish line – ridden, gripped, or carried by the competitor.

Oceanman: Competitors cover a 1200m course that includes a swim leg, a board leg, a ski leg, and a beach sprint finish.

Board Rescue: In this event, 1 member of the team swims approximately 120m to a designated buoy, signals, and waits to be picked up by the second member of the team on a board. They both paddle to shore and cross the finish line on the beach with the board.

Tube Rescue: Four competitors from each team participate in this event: a “victim,” one rescue tube swimmer, and two rescuers. The victim swims approximately 120 m to a designated buoy, signals, and waits to be rescued by the rescue tube swimmer. As they return to shore, the remaining two rescuers enter the water to assist. The event finishes when the first competitor in a team crosses the finish line while in contact with the victim.

Taplin: Teams of 4 competitors (1 swimmer, 1 board paddler, 1 surf ski paddler, and 1 runner) cover the course in a sequence of legs determined by draw at the start of each competition.

Flags: From a prone starting position on the beach, competitors rise, turn and race to obtain a baton (beach flag) buried upright in the sand approximately 20m away. Since there are always fewer batons than competitors, those who fail to obtain a baton are eliminated.

Swim Run: From the start line, competitors run to pass around the turning flag and enter the water to swim out to and around the buoys. Competitors swim back to the beach to again run round the turning flag before running to the finish line.

SERC - 7th


4 * 25m Manikin Carry

10 - Ireland - B final - 2nd in a time of 1.57.79 - NEW Junior Irish record

4 * 50m Rescue Medley

8 - Ireland - B final - 1st in a time of 2.01.09 - NEW Irish Junior Record


50m Mankin Carry

7 - Bernard Cahill - A Final - 5th in a time of 33.04 - NEW Senior & Junior Irish Record

4 * 25m Manikin Carry

Ireland - A final - 5th in a time of 1.27.73 - NEW Junior Irish Record

100m Manikin tow w fins

Bernard Cahill - B final - 4th in a time of 1.00.50

Adam Mc Evoy - held the record of 1.02.42 for a time

4 * 50m Rescue Medley

Ireland - A final - 7th in a time of 1.44.93 - NEW Irish Junior Record

Men's Board Race:

2nd Bernard Cahill

16th Adam Mc

Men's Beach Flags

6th- Adam Mc Evoy - A final

Girls Run-Swim-Run

3rd Lily Barrett

15th Ciara Sexton

16th Katie Shannon

Boys Run-Swim-Rum

1st Bernard Cahill

2nd Rory Sexton

Boys Board Rescue

1st Ireland - Bernard Cahill and Rory Sexton

Girls Rescue Tube Relay

B final - Ciara Gleeson, Ciara Sexton, Siobhan Mc Grath and Katie Shannon - 1st place leaving them 8th place overall

Boys Rescue Tube Relay

A final - Adam Mc Evoy, Eoghan Trihy, Bernard Cahill and Rory Sexton - 6th place



European Junior Lifesaving Championships

Venue: Denmark

Press Release: click here

Pool Results

4 National Records- 2 Junior/2 Senior by Bernard Cahill- 50m manikin, 100m rescue medley.

A number of PBs were set.

Surf Results

15 finalist places.

Run swim run

Bernard 4th, Rory 12th ,

Ciara 17th ,Siobhan, Meadb.


Bernard 4th,

Siobhan 15th, Ciara


Eoin Gleeson B Final, Rory Sexton 2nd B Final (10th),

Ciara Sexton B Final

Board Rescue

A Final- 2nd- boys- Bernard Cahill, Rory Sexton

A Final- 8th -girls- Sivi Mc Grath, Ciara Gleeson.

Rescue Tube

A Final- 4th boys

A Final- 7th girls



European Junior Lifesaving Championships

Venue: France

Results: Click here for details

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