SPORT: Banner Abú at European Surf Lifesaving Championships

CLARE swimmers were the toast of Ireland at the European Junior and Masters Lifesaving Championships that were held at Alicante in Spain over the weekend.
The brightest talents in the pool and the open water distinguished themselves when winning over 20 medals between individual and relay events at the championships that attracted the cream of surf lifesaving talent across Europe.
Among those in the medals were junior men Rory McEvoy, Ryan Shannon and Hugh McMahon, while junior women Lily Barrett and Róisín Cahill were also to the fore as members of the Irish national team that competed in the prestigious event. And at masters level Óisín McGrath led the way over the course of a few memorable days for the sport of lifesaving in the Banner County.
Rory McEvoy was among the medals in both the pool and ocean events, with his bronze medal in the 200m obstacle event in the pool representing his first ever European success in this competition.
McEvoy also won medals of every colour in the ocean events — gold in the surf swim, silver in the ocean man relay, when fellow Clare participants Hugh McMahon and Ryan Shannon were part of the team and third in the board rescue.
Lily Barrett was a star of the show in the female events, with the Leaving Certificate student from Rice College scooping gold in the board and iron woman events, while she also won silver in the sprint relay.
Her fellow Rice College student Róisín Cahill came third in both the board and iron woman events, while she was part of the relay team with Lily Barrett that won gold medal in the ocean woman relay discipline. Both Barrett and Cahill then teamed up with Rory McEvoy to claim silver in the simulated rescue event that was staged in the pool.
In the masters events Óisín McGrath was a medal winner x 4, scooping gold in the board and ocean man events, while he claimed silver medals in the ski and surf swim disciplines.
Clare Water Safety’s Alison Deane was an Irish Team Manager for the championships, while Clare’s national chairperson of Swim Ireland, Clare McGrath, who is also Clare Water Safey Officer and chairperson of Clare Swimming and Lifesaving Club, was an international referee for the event.


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