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Stowmarket lifeguard wins medals and takes top title

A Stowmarket lifeguard has been crowned champion and bagged a clutch of medals at an international event.

David Ebbs, a National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) trainer and assessor at Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, displayed his life-saving skills at the Royal Lifesaving Society UK’s Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving to be crowned Commonwealth Masters Champion 2019.

The festival, held in Leeds, brings together competing lifesavers from all over the world.

David Ebbs
David Ebbs

It is held every two years to encourage participation in lifesaving sport and to develop lifesaving practices.

David said: “I’ve always enjoyed taking part in life-saving competitions and have had a good deal of success in the UK championships, including taking the UK title in 2012.

“When the Commonwealth Festival came to the UK it seemed like the perfect opportunity.”

Lifesavers from 14 countries, including Australia, Canada and South Africa, competed in a five-event contest to test their judgment, skill, knowledge and ability.

The competition events were: first aid, aquatic rescue, line throw, swim and tow and a lifesaving medley sprint.

David, who has trained Stowmarket lifeguards since 1994 after starting out as a lifeguard in 1992, was representing England.

He came away from the event with three gold, one silver and a bronze medal, resulting in him being crowned overall champion.

“I wanted to win the line throw as I have an array of UK golds in this area, but I never expected to win the overall championship,” said David.

“Once my entry was confirmed I needed to step up my training regime and the Everyone Active Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre was vital in my preparation for the event.”

Following his festival win, David is already back training lifeguards and working some lifeguard shifts at the Gainsborough Road leisure centre.

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