Ipswich Life Saving Club members finish season on a high in Open Water Pairs meeting

Ben Gray (Ipswich) and Grace Boakes (Deben) receive the Shelia Norman memorial from sons Tim and Jer

Ben Gray (Ipswich) and Grace Boakes (Deben) receive the Shelia Norman memorial from sons Tim and Jerry Norman. - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Life Saving Club members finished their open water season in style, with impressive performances in the Shelia Norman Memorial Suffolk Open Water Pairs competition.

Elsie Price (blue hat) and Ruby Smith (orange hat) in competition at Felixstowe

Elsie Price (blue hat) and Ruby Smith (orange hat) in competition at Felixstowe - Credit: Archant

With the pairs of mixed ability, and a mix of Suffolk clubs, including Deben and Bury St Edmunds.

Held at Felixstowe, in great weather, but with rough seas, all competitors didn’t hold back and let the crashing waves dent their performances.

With a variety of gruelling events, all abilities had the opportunity to shine and show the lifesaving skills taken on-board during the summer of training.

Events included board rescues, rope rescues, swim and tows and beach sprints.

From nearest camera: Elsie Price, Helen Jarrett, Ruby Smith and JJ Mee head into the water at Felixs

From nearest camera: Elsie Price, Helen Jarrett, Ruby Smith and JJ Mee head into the water at Felixstowe. Photos: DAVID EBBS - Credit: Archant


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Medal results:

1st – Ben Gray (Ipswich) & Grace Boakes (Deben)

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2nd – Maddie Long & Isaac Price (both Ipswich)

Georgia Cooper (yellow) and Polly Price (pink)

Georgia Cooper (yellow) and Polly Price (pink) - Credit: Archant

3rd – Ruby Smith (Ipswich) & Hannah Wainer (Deben)

“It really was a perfect way to finish off the summer,” admitted a delighted Ben Gray who came first with Grace Boakes.

“Getting in the water was a bit hard at times with the waves, but we all really enjoyed the event,” said Maddie Long.

Other Ipswich results:

5th Kristofer Cvetkovs

6th Tegan Jarrett & JJ Mee

7th Polly Price

8th Adam Rust

10th Elsie Price

11th Helen Jarrett

12th Georgie Cooper

Club trainer David Ebbs was delighted with the displays: “It’s great that we keep getting youngsters entering these events,” he said.

“Georgie was great, after being with the club for around a month, while Polly, Maddie, JJ, Helen and Kris may have been feeling the cold, due to being so small, but carried on with big hearts.

“Ruby was Ruby, she just gets on with it and also has the National Finals to look forward to in November.

“Ben and Isaac are nearing the upper age for this, and oozed class. It was good to see.”

To join Ipswich Life Saving Club visit Fore Street Pool, term time Fridays from 7pm.

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