Elliot Key recently competed as a member of Team England in the Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving in South Africa.
The Festival aims to encourage lifesaving development and was held from 10th to 13th August at the King’s Park Swimming Complex in Durban.
Elliot, who at 17 was the youngest member of England’s Mens Team, secured an individual bronze medal in the Simulated Emergence Response and narrowly missed-out on a second bronze (by .18 secs) in the non-contact tow.
Reflecting on his experience Elliot said:
I still can’t believe that I was selected to be part of Team England – I was very proud to represent my country and wear the Team England kit. I trained really hard for this and I will never forget the feeling on the podium, where I stood with my teammate who won gold, and listened to the National Anthem playing. I am now preparing for the Orange Cup in The Netherlands in December where I will swim for The Royal Life Saving Society UK and then the National Speed Championships 2018 with Beacon Lifesaving Club.
Elliot is their first athlete from the Beacon Lifesaving Club to compete for England. Head Coach Ben Stevens told CrowboroughLife about the other talented members of the Club.
After the 2017 National Speed Championships the Club placed 4th overall on the medals table. This just shows the strength and depth of competitors we have in each age group, with some fantastic 12-14 year old talent coming through. The next generation are inspired by the hard work and effort the older team mates are putting in, and I am sure the club will continue to go from strength to strength. The 2018 National Speed Championships will be held next March in Glasgow.
Beacon Lifesaving Club offers the chance to learn valuable first aid skills both in water and on land. The Rookie Lifeguard Programme is aimed primarily at children from eight years old and above. Find-out about the full range of courses on their website: beaconlsc.wixsite.com.