By Jasmine Mann
Surf Life Saving is a multi disciplinary, competitive sport that has evolved from the training activities of lifeguards which encompasses elements of the beach and sea and is based on surf rescue techniques. Surf life saving is for all ages – young and old, starting at the age of 7.
To most life saving is known for being a job – working as a lifeguard on the beaches around the UK – though to me it means so much more; a passion, a sport, a lifestyle and a job.
Life Saving Clubs regularly hold competitions – locally, nationally and internationally. Where competitors compete against each other in a range of events, individually and as teams, including: surf swimming, board racing, surf ski races and mock rescues, along with beach-based running and flags.
I am a young female athlete who has had a love for Surf Life Saving since the age of 7 that has developed and grown over the years winning many medals for Newquay Life Saving club at local and national levels throughout the years in: board, surf ski, swim races, iron/ocean woman, board rescue, tube rescue, sprints and flags.
In 2014 my opportunities developed as I represented Cornwall, followed by my selection at the age of 14, for the Great Britain & Northern Ireland Youth Team, to compete in the World Surf Life Saving Championships – Rescue 2014 – Montpellier France. An experience and opportunity that has inspired and given me the passion to become the athlete I am today.
Now at the age of 18 my passion and commitment for this sport has taken me with Team GB around the world competing in the Netherlands, Japan, Belgium and New Zealand.
I have been very fortunate to have local businesses support me on my journey, encouraging me and enabling me to commit and progress in this awesome sport, these include: Malcom Ball from SNUGG wetsuits Newquay, Bob and Janine Hyatt from Hendra Holiday Park and Scott Wood my coach and business man at Aquasport International.
This sport has also enabled me to work on our local beaches during the Summer months, to help and work in Newquay, doing a job that I love, feel passionate about and that links to my sport.
As a Life Saving competitor I wish to continue to develop my talent within the sport, competing at the highest level possible, representing my Country and to share my knowledge and skills to future lifesavers by becoming an ambassador to the sport.
If you’d like to learn more about beach safety, have fun and meet new people or you’d like to compete locally, nationally or internationally there’s something for everyone. For more information and to find a club near you contact http://www.slsgb.org.uk/