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Medals for Trinity pupils in National Surf Life Saving

27th April 2015

Our school is fortunate to enjoy very close links with the ever-expanding Teignmouth Surf Life Saving Club. Several of our pupils (incuding a large contingent from Prep department - pictured below) have been attending weekly pool training in order to prepare for the National Championships which took place recently at Millfield school.

Surf Life Saving is an all-round physical challenge, which suits young people and adults alike. It demands specific abilities in swimming, boarding, kayaking and running, as well as various rescue skills, and it also engenders a sense of community and ‘doing something for others’.   

Our Deputy Head, Mr Coen is very heavily involved in the Teignmouth club and reports that this was the first time that Teignmouth SLSC had entered the championships, where they found themselves up against around 25 other clubs with 600 competitors.

‘The Trinity pupils ranged in age from the youngest, Amelie Coen in Year 3, to the oldest, who was Hannah Greenwood of Year 7,’  said Mr Coen. ‘All did fantastically well in what was quite a daunting arena. Individual national medals were won by Joel Davis (Bronze in the Manikin Tow) and Benjamin Coen who became National Champion in the Board Race, seeing off over 60 competitors. The two boys then worked together in the Board Rescue to secure Silver.

‘Evie Lewis and Star Johnson pushed hard in the Manikin Tow and Board Rescue, finishing just outside the medals, although Evie was part of the relay team that picked up Silver.  To cap off a good day, 3 of our pupils, Benjamin, Joel and Oliver Protheroe made up ¾ of the Medley Relay team which became overall National Champions – a superb effort. I gather that it was a thoroughly enjoyable, but tiring day, and that they are all getting ready to start training in the Summer ready for the beach competition in August. The signs are looking good for more medals!!’