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Eleri DaviesPress Officer
Training is very important to the RNLI, so the training I do with Pen y Bont Surf Lifesaving Club adds and helps to my work as an RNLI lifeguard on Pembrokeshire beaches over the Summer
Lifeguards News Release
Pembrokeshire RNLI lifeguard Tom Parry has flown to Sweden to represent Great Britain in the European Surf Lifesaving Championships Competition.
Tom, an RNLI lifeguard at Whitesands Pembrokeshire, was chosen to represent his country as part of the Surf Lifesaving GB Team after succeeding in various competitions across the UK earlier this year. The eighteen-year old, who’s originally from Bridgend, spends his Summers on the Pembrokeshire coast and has been lifeguarding with the RNLI for three years.The RNLI lifeguard was chosen as a member of the GB Surf Lifesaving Team after coming up tops in Surf Lifesaving competitions held at Aberavon and Devon earlier this year. Each competition consists of beach runs, a board race, board relay and beach flag races. Tom specialises in board paddling and will be competing in five different competitions during the European Championships in Sweden this week. Tom, who is the only Welsh member of the GB Surf Lifesaving Team said:‘I’m looking forward to compete with the GB Surf Lifesaving Team over in Sweden, it will be a great experience. ‘My work as an RNLI lifeguard and training for the Surf Lifesaving competitions go together brilliantly. Training is very important to the RNLI, so the training I do with Pen y Bont Surf Lifesaving Club adds and helps to my work as an RNLI lifeguard on Pembrokeshire beaches over the Summer.’Tom will be back at his post on Pembrokeshire beaches when he returns to Wales after the competition. RNLI lifeguards are ready to provide safety advice and assistance to members of the public on the county’s beaches everyday between 10am-2pm until Sunday 2 September.Notes to editorAttached is a photo of Tom Parry, RNLI lifeguard.RNLI media contactFor more information contact Eleri Davies, RNLI Press Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or e-mail Eleri_davies@rnli.org.uk.
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