STRATFORD Sharks lifesaver Joshua Walker took part with his RLSS UK Performance Squad team-mates in the inaugural BeNe Cup, one competition in two pools, in two towns and in two countries.
The Belgian and Dutch lifesaving federations came together to invite their international counterparts in a great weekend of lifesaving sport action, with 150 competitors from 12 countries taking up the challenge.
The first day of the competition took place in Antwerp, Belgium. The 200m Obstacle Swim was the first event and Josh made a great start finishing in 6th place out of 43 junior entrants. The second event was under the obstacles again, but this time a relay event. Joining up with his team-mates meant only 50m to swim for Josh but it still resulted in the same position of sixth place, out of 16 international teams.
Next up was the 50m manikin carry race with all competitors paying attention to the new ILS rules. Finishing in 10th place, in a closely-fought field of 45 competitors, Joshua then joined up with his junior teams mates placing 8th out of 15 international teams in the relay event, just beating the senior team in 9th position.
The second day meant a short hop over the border to continue the competition in Eindhoven, Holland.
With Josh’s favoured event coming up second he took the difficult decision to withdraw from the 100m manikin carry with fins event, to prevent further aggravation of an ankle injury he was carrying. This small rest paid off as he secured his best finish of the weekend, finishing in 5th place out of 40 junior competitors in a personal best time of 1.13.08.
He then finished the busy weekend of competition joining up with his junior team-mates in the 4 x 50m rescue medley relay, taking 9th place out of 17 international teams, with this time the senior team narrowly beating them by 0.8 seconds.
This was a great competition for Josh, rounding off 2013 as part of the RLSS UK performance squad. With training camps planned, and the National Speeds competition in March, Josh hopes to re-secure his place on the squad and then push on to achieve a place on the GB & NI team for Rescue 2014 in France in September.
Upon his return, Josh said: “I’m proud to be able to represent the UK in international competitions, both the Royal Lifesaving Society UK and BDR have supported me in my endeavours and I hope to climb the podium in future competitions.”
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