Sixth Form Student Jasmine Mann recently returned from competing with the Great Britain Team at the European Lifesaving Championships in Ostend, Belgium. Jasmine was one of twelve youth members along with twelve senior team members which challenged 17 other European nations at a multitude of disciplines in the swimming pool and beach\sea events over a 6 day period.
Team GB showed great strength and tenacity in the pool against the strong Europeans pulling a handful of medals through the senior team and a Bronze medal from Jasmine Mann and her partner Millie Wiggins in what turned out to be the only youth medal in the pool events.
Great Britain showed their strengths in the sea and beach events, with inclement weather and a wind chopped sea, providing great delight to the large crowd of GB supporters who travelled to witness the Union Jack cross the line in many disciplines taking a multitude of European titles. Following three days of intense and tiring events at Ostend beach Jasmine excelled and clinched a European Gold in the Taplin (4 person team event which includes a surf ski race, swim race, board race and sprint), European Silver medal in the Surf Ski Race along with 2 Bronze medals in the Board Rescue and Beach sprint Relay.
Overall Great Britain Youth Team were crowned beach champions with the senior team narrowly missing out on taking the beach title. This was an incredible effort by all concerned and just reward for the endless training that had proceeded the event. Jasmine now turns her thoughts and training towards the end of November where she will be travelling with the GB Lifesaving Team to New Zealand for the DHL International Surf Rescue Challenge.