Matt and Chris Wise bring home gold and silver
South Walton Fire District (SWFD) Junior Lifeguards competed this past weekend at the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) Southeast Regional Junior Lifeguard Competition held in Daytona Beach. SWFD Junior Lifeguards Matthew and Christopher Wise competed as members of the Emerald Coast Chapter of the USLA. United States Lifesaving Association Emerald Coast Chapter is comprised of Lifeguard agencies from across the Gulf Coast region of Florida and parts of Alabama.
Lifeguards are considered occupational athletes. Participation in lifeguard competitions has been proven to be a very effective motivational tool. This training benefits the lifeguards, as well as the communities they serve by producing well-trained, skilled, and motivated lifeguards as a result of this ongoing in-service training.
Junior Lifeguard competitions provide experience and opportunity for these young people to further their newly acquired ocean skills and abilities in a fun and competitive venue. Matt and Chris Wise proudly represented the SWFD Juniors at the USLA Southeast Regional Championships. Chris, age 11, competing in the C Division (11 and under) won the gold medal in the Beach Flags, Rescue Board race, and Rescue Board 1k distance paddle. He also won silver in the Individual 1k Distance run. Matt, age 13, competing in the B Division (ages 12 and 13) won the gold medal in the Rescue Board race and the Rescue Board 2k distance paddle.
“We could not be more proud of our Junior Lifeguards and how they performed over the weekend. It is a great testament to Justin Cook and Adam Boyer, our Junior Lifeguard Instructors and the training they have been providing to these youngsters. We are looking forward to SWFD Juniors representing us in 3 weeks at the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) National Junior Lifeguard Competition held this year in Ft. Lauderdale, August 6-8, 2009”, said Sean Hughes, Deputy Fire Chief.
For further information, please contact Sean Hughes, Deputy Chief at 850-267-1298.