On Friday, August 11, 2023 the Municipality of South Dundas Parks, Recreation and Facilities team was thrilled to host a Junior Lifeguard Waterfront Competition at Iroquois Beach.
A total of 13 youth participated throughout the duration of the event while 17 were registered. Colleen Leslie, head lifeguard and competition organizer, said she was happy that things went smoothly and that she would “absolutely” consider doing another competition in the future.
Individual events were available for those aged seven to 17 to participate in, as well as team events. Minimum swim ability skills were required to enter the competition, including an ability to roll into deep water, tread water for one minute and swim 50 metres in one sequence.
Everyone who participated received freezies and a certificate of participation. Individual event winners each received a certificate and a mini trophy. Team winners received a certificate and a medal.
“We were so happy to see engagement in this event from both community members and participants from across Eastern Ontario,” said Melissa Friolet, South Dundas recreation coordinator. “This friendly competition gave youth the opportunity to show off their impressive water safety and lifeguarding skills in the form of a friendly competition.”
“South Dundas Recreation offered 11 different levels of aquatics programs this season in accordance with the Lifesaving Society’s Swim for Life program.”
The following is a list of the competition winners:
- Beach Sprint ages 7-9 – Clarissa Seaman
- Beach Sprint ages 10-11 – Colton Lesalle
- Beach Sprint ages 12-13 – William Cummings
- Board Race ages 7-9 – Clarissa Seaman
- Board Race ages 10-11 – Madison Johnston
- Board Race ages 12-13 – William Cummings
- Beach Flags ages 7-9 – Clarissa Seaman
- Beach Flags ages 10-11 – Talon Brundige
- Beach Flags ages 12-13 – Zander Vanlanon
- Beach Run ages 7-9 – Clarissa Seaman
- Beach Run ages 10-11 – Talon Brundige
- Beach Run ages 12-13 – Zander Vanlanon
- Beach Relay – Blue Onions
- Junior Iron Guard Relay (100m swim, 400m beach run, 200m board, 50m beach sprint – The Dominators