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News Archive > Sport > Holywell Surf Life Savers ‘master’ prestigious national competition

Holywell Surf Life Savers ‘master’ prestigious national competition

By Tom Howe 16th August 2017

Holywell Surf Life Savers ‘master’ prestigious national competition
BEACH FUN: Excitement, thrills and spills at Holywell Bay Surf Life Saving Club who are proud to host the national surf lifesaving competition

HOLYWELL Bay Surf Lifesaving Club have been in a celebratory mood this weekend, not only because they were hosting the national surf lifesaving competition for the first time, but because they were crowned national champions in the masters’ category.

Over 275 competitors from 25 clubs around the country gathered at Holywell Bay for the Masters’ event, part of a week-long festival of surf lifesaving competition that will see nearly 1,300 athletes aged eight to 60+ competing in a medley of disciplines, both on the beach and the water.

Competition began on Saturday, in challenging high tide conditions, with the surf swim race, continuing with board racing and beach sprints. On Sunday competition continued with surf ski racing, relays and the notorious ocean man/woman event. Each event saw fierce, but incredibly good natured, competition, as individuals and teams sought personal and team triumph. Under bright sun, old rivalries and new were played out before an expectant crowd. After two days, Holywell emerged clear winners in both male and female categories, seeing off the opposition by a significant margin.

Steve Peck, club chairman, said: “After months of preparation, we are delighted that the event is going so well, that there is such a brilliant atmosphere, and to top it off, that our club has won the first category of competition. To be crowned Masters’ champions of the country, is the cherry on the cake! Well done to all those who have taken part.”

One visitor, from Woolacombe, added: “I have been attending the nationals for years, and this is, by far, the best one ever - well done to Holywell Bay for putting on such a brilliant event!”

It is not all about the competition, however. At the heart of Holywell Bay Surf Lifesaving Club’s ethos is a strong environmental drive, and the club has committed to making this the cleanest event possible. All competitors have been given reusable drinks bottles, there are compostable cups at the bar and there is a clear environmental message throughout the event, raising awareness and participation in protecting the asset held most dear to the competitors: the ocean.

Additionally, Holywell Bay has hosted some excellent evening entertainment for athletes, including, Loveny male voice choir, DJ Tuskan, local band Still Dizzy, and a much needed and silent yoga session laid on by Ocean Flow Yoga, and attended by well over 100 people aged five to 65.

Surf Lifesaving GB’s national competition continues at Holywell Bay until this Saturday and the host club would like to invite members of the public to come and share the excitement, thrills and spills that it involves.

By Tom Howe 16th August 2017

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