Clonea Beach, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford - Saturday 24th September 2016:<br />
Clare's Bernard Cahill (right) competing in the Rescue Board Race at the IWS Surf Rescue Championships 2016 at Clonea Beach, Co. Waterford.  Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport<br />
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Clean sweep for Clare at Surf Rescue National Championships<br />
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In a weather-battered finale on Saturday (24th September 2016), Ireland’s top life-saving athletes competed for the final event in the Irish Water Safety Sport series that saw Co. Clare retain their dominant position as National champions and capping their best season ever.<br />
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Meanwhile, host county Waterford took over from Cork as winners of the Masters competition.<br />
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Over 300 competitors from 14 counties competed in Senior and Masters events based around key life-saving skills that attracts more than 5,000 participants annually in Ireland.<br />
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Dramatic conditions driven by gale force winds at Tramore Life-Saving Centre saw Safety Officer Buddy Cuddihy switch the venue to Clonea Strand near Dungarvan while some events were also curtailed.<br />
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Events are based around core life-saving skills including speed, strength, endurance and equipment handling.  In an exceptional performance, Clare’s Bernard Cahill won all five of his events - Surf swim, Rescue Board Race, Rescue Ski Race, Ocean Man Race and Board Rescue.<br />
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Clare retained their overall titles in both Men and Womens’ events while Waterford and Wexford teams were closest runners-up.<br />
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In addition to the overall prizes for both Men and Women’s competitions, Clare Ladies also won the prestigious President’s Trophy awarded for the best performance over 23 competitions throughout 2016 including the Pool Rescue Championships held in February.  The team included Mother and daughter dual world record-holders Norma and Roisin Cahill.<br />
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“Clare’s strength in heavy surf clearly stands to their credit while the team continues their strong tradition as Ireland’s ‘spiritual home’ of life-saving sport in this cou
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Clonea Beach, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford - Saturday 24th September 2016:
Clare's Bernard Cahill (right) competing in the Rescue Board Race at the IWS Surf Rescue Championships 2016 at Clonea Beach, Co. Waterford. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Clean sweep for Clare at Surf Rescue National Championships

In a weather-battered finale on Saturday (24th September 2016), Ireland’s top life-saving athletes competed for the final event in the Irish Water...
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