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Saunton Sands claim Devon Pool Surf Lifesaving Championship double

By NDJAndrew  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

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Saunton Sands put in strong performances to come away from the Devon Pool Championships with both the masters and seniors titles.

They battled it out with teams from Woolacombe, Bideford Bay and Croyde at North Devon Leisure Centre in Barnstaple.

George Martin, Saunton’s joint masters (over-30) coach, said: “There were some great performances from new competitors like Bev Vale and experienced athletes like Tim Chesworth.

“The masters have trained really well over winter with some tough sessions which not only prepare for the stillwater competitions but the forthcoming season on the beach.”

Club captain Richard Folland was impressed with the performance of the seniors (over-16) team.

“It was brilliant to see the younger guys who have stepped up from the junior section and the ladies taking gold silver and bronze in every event,” he said. “An all-round good job from the Saunton senior team.”

A clash with swimming events meant Woolacombe entered just one individual from their senior team.

Jack Unsworth, 15 and competing at the level for the first time, did himself and his club proud as he achieved two silver medals, a bronze and two fourth places.

Woolacombe’s four masters put in an impressive effort, racking up 161 points to finish only four behind runners-up Croyde.

Phil Strahan, Steve Baker, Shaun Latham, Ben Byrom, Mick Cook and Pete Makepeace made up the Croyde contingent and had a handsome individual medal haul, including silver in the obstacle relay.

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