Lifeguard and Lifesavers of all ages competed this weekend at the annual Ottawa Waterfront Regional Competition at Petrie Island Beach, hosted by Ottawa Valley Lifesaving Club (www.ovlc.ca). The conditions were perfect for high-performance racing with clear skies, light winds, warm water, and mid-twenties air temperature.
Top performers this year were James Verreault, National Team and Ottawa Valley Lifesaving Club member, who placed first in the swim, board, ski, and overall. Emmanuella Ruel, former National Team members and the sole representative of Quebec at the competition, finished on the podium in each of her events to take the top overall female title.
Strong performances were also shown in the "Nipper" categories for lifesavers under the age of 16. These young athletes swam, paddleboarded, ran, and sprinted courses shorter than the older competitors but showed all the athleticism, sportsmanship, and dedication to protecting the public around the water.
Ontario athletes will now have an opportunity to refocus their training on the Provincial Waterfront Lifesaving Championships scheduled for Aug 11-13 in Toronto.