ENNIS Swimming and Lifesaving Club is on top of the world this week as its competitors dominate the World Lifesaving Championships that are taking place in Adelaide and will continue until this coming Sunday.
Already, members of the Ennis Swimming and Lifesaving Club have scooped nine medals – that’s only after three days of a competition that has attracted teams from 40 nations around the world for a biennial event that has marked out the Clare club as one of the best in the world.
Bernard Cahill has been the star of the show so far, helping himself to gold, silver and bronze medals in an outstanding run of form, while the Cahill name has been further put up in lights thanks to the exploits of Bernard’s mother Norma.
Bernard was crowned world champion in the Male 16-19 100m Rescue Medley, before adding a silver in the 16-19 50m Manikin Carry and then bronze in the 16-19 200m Super Lifesaver competition. His mother Norma scooped silver in the Mixed Open 200m Super Lifesaver competition and added a bronze in the Masters Swim race.
Dylan Barrett was Clare’s other gold medal winner when he teamed up with Dublin’s David Butler to win the Open 100m Line Throw. Ennis’ rich vein of form was then continued by Oisín McGrath who claimed silver in the Masters Board Race and then teamed up with his clubmate Colm Fitzgerald to win another silver in the Masters Board Rescue.
“The success so far has been brilliant,” Chairman of Irish Water Safety’s Sports Commission,
Seamus O’Neill told The Clare People. “Ireland already has an excellent reputation as a competitor on the international stage in lifesaving events with several international awards and this has been further enhanced by our strongest ever team now competing in Australia and the success the team has enjoyed so far,” he added.
The competition will continue until Sunday with gruelling ocean-based rescue swimming of over 3km distances, rescue board paddling of 5km and specialised rescue ski paddling of 8km range.