On the 30th and 31st of March, University Lifesavers from across the country (and continent) came together for the annual BULSCA Lifesaving Championships. This is the only University Lifesaving competition to span an entire weekend, with individual speed events being held on the Saturday and the usual team SERCs and relay events taking place on the Sunday. University clubs can enter a squad of 6 males and 6 females, as well as individual competitors for Saturday and individual teams for Sunday. The Squad members competed across the weekend for the lowest number of points (eg 1st wins 1 point, 2nd wins 2 points etc), which are accumulated to result in the overall scores and winning squads of Saturday, Sunday and the overall weekend. Tie breakers are decided with the highest number of 1st places, then 2nd places etc.

For the first time, we welcomed a team from the University of Athens, who travelled from Greece to participate in the competition. We’d like to thank and congratulate them for their efforts and results from the weekend, and hope that they enjoyed themselves enough to return in the future!

 

The Championships Coordinator, Tom Sharp, did an amazing job – another huge thank you to him for putting on a great competition which ran with very minimal issues. Thank you to the other BULSCA committee members for their input with the event organisation, the scorers who never have an easy job and the many judges and helpers who worked very hard on both days to ensure the competition ran as timely as possible. A final thank you to the head referee, Michael Jacklin and deputy referee, Felix Ng. Without this fantastic team of people working behind and in front of the scenes, we all couldn’t have had the enjoyable weekend that we did!

 

 

The order of events from Saturday are listed below, with the podium results:

 

In the women’s 4x10m Line throw relay, University of Sheffield won with a time of 1:33.83, Lougborough University in 2nd with 1:37.23 and University of Birmingham came in 3rd place with a time of 1:44.51.

 

Men’s 4x10m Line throw relay:

1st University of Swansea with a time of 1:11.73 2nd University of Birmingham with a time of 1:12.35 3rd was the University of Athens with a time of 1:22.58

 

 

Women’s 12.5m line throw: 1st Isobel Briggs (individual) with a time of 15.26 seconds; 2nd Victoria Huntingford (individual) - 15.68 seconds; 3rd Emma Smith (pictured below) from the University of Birmingham - 17.90 seconds.

 

 

Men’s 12.5m line throw: (Pictured Below) 1st Adam Ridsdale (center) from the University of Bristol, with a time of 10.92 seconds and setting a new student record; 2nd Alastair Sanders (right) from the University of Birmingham, 13.04 seconds; 3rd Mike Ducker (left) from the University of Warwick, 15.40 seconds.

 

 

Women’s 200m Obstacle: (Pictured below) 1st Keelan Fitton (center) from Loughborough University, 2:29.09; 2nd Rhianna Field (right) from Loughborough University, 2:35.60; 3rd Emma Smith (left) from the University of Birmingham, 2:40.51.

 

 

Men’s 200m Obstacle: 1st Rhys Wydenbach (pictured below, left) from the University of Swansea, 2:17.80; 2nd Mark Ward (pictured below, right) from Loughborough University, 2:18.82; 3rd Alex Davies from the University of Swansea, 2:21.30.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s 4x50m Obstacle relay:

1st Loughborough University, 2:11.01 2nd University of Birmingham, 2:21.45 3rd University of Warwick, 2:28.81

 

 

Men’s 4x50m Obstacle relay:

1st Loughborough University, 1:56.97 2nd University of Swansea, 1:57.06 3rd University of Bristol 2:02.43

 

 

Women’s 50m Manikin carry: 1st Emma Henderson from the University of Ulster, 36.77 seconds; 2nd Jayne Stallion (individual), 38.84 seconds; 3rd Elizabeth Scammel (pictured below) from Loughborough University, 39.89 seconds.

 

 

Men’s 50m Manikin Carry: (Pictured below) 1st James Blaby (individual, center), 30.77 seconds; 2nd Samuel Kirkland (left) from Loughborough University, 32.34 seconds; 3rd Rhys Wydenbach (right) from the University of Swansea, 34.40 seconds.

 

 

Women’s 100m manikin carry with fins: 1st Emma Henderson from the University of Ulster, 58.45 seconds; 2nd Jayne Stallion (individual), 1:00.52; 3rd Elizabeth Scammell (pictured below) from Loughborough University, 1:00.62.

 

 

Men’s 100m mankin carry with fins: (Pictured below) 1st Samuel Kirkland (right) from Loughborough University, 50.19 seconds; 2nd Oba Wayiaki (not pictured) from the University of Warwick, 57.50 seconds; 3rd Mike Ducker (left) from the University of Warwick, 57.77 seconds.

 

 

Women’s 100m Rescue Medley: (Pictured below) 1st Alice Quinn (left) from Loughborough University, 1:26.89; 2nd Keelan Fitton (right) from Loughborough University, 1:28.19; 3rd Victoria Huntington (individual, not pictured), 1:34.53.

 

 

Men’s 100m Rescue Medley: (Pictured below) 1st James Blaby (individual, center), 1:02.83; 2nd Rhys Wydenbach (right) from the University of Swansea, 1:14.85; 3rd Mark Ward (left) from Loughborough University, 1:16.23.

Mixed 200m Pool Lifesaver Relay:

1st Loughborough University, 2:15.91 2nd University of Warwick, 2:31.89 3rd University of Birmingham, 2:40.31

 

 

Women’s 200m Super lifesaver: 1st Emma Henderson from the University of Ulster, 2:35.14; 2nd Jayne Stallion (individual), 2:43.00; 3rd Elizabeth Scammel (pictured below) from Loughborough University, 2:43.17.

 

 

Men’s 200m Super lifesaver: (Pictured below) 1st James Blaby (individual, center), 2:16.91; 2nd Samuel Kirkland (right) from Loughborough University, 2:19.22; 3rd Mark Ward (left) from Loughborough University, 2:36.45.

 

 

Women’s 4x25m Manikin Carry relay:

1st Loughborough University, 1:36.98 2nd University of Warwick, 1:57.88 3rd University of Birmingham, 2:09.00

 

 

Men’s 4x25m Manikin Carry relay:

1st Loughborough University, 1:24.37 2nd University of Swansea, 1:31.33 3rd University of Birmingham, 1:33.47

 

 

Women’s 100m manikin tow with fins: (Pictured below) 1st Jayne Stallion (individual, not pictured), 1:04.86; 2nd Emma Reilly (right) from the University of Warwick, 1:08.07; 3rd Emily Goodwin (individual, left), 1:08.65.

 

 

Men’s 100m manikin tow with fins: 1st Jason Grice (pictured below) from the University of Bristol, 1:02.08; 2nd Callum Briggs (individual), 1:02.33; 3rd Oba Wayiaki from the University of Warwick, 1:01.50.

 

 

Women’s 200m Medley relay:

1st Loughborough University, 2:02.17 2nd University of Birmingham, 2:10.16 3rd University of Warwick 2:13.48

 

 

Men’s 200m medley relay:

1st Loughborough University, 1:44.28 2nd University of Swansea, 1:49.33 3rd University of Birmingham, 1:51.96

 

 

For the overall speed points for the women’s squads, the University of Birmingham came in third with 36 points, the University of Warwick in second with 31 points and the squad from Loughborough University in first with 18 points. For the men’s squads overall, the University of Birmingham came third with 40 points, Swansea University second with 30 points and Loughborough University first with 30 points. With combined points, the University of Warwick squad came third with 81 points in the speeds, University of Birmingham second with 79 points and University of Loughborough first with 49 points.

University of Birmingham Women's Squad Loughborough University Women's Squad University of Warwick Women's Squad
Univeristy of Birmingham Men's Squad Loughborough University Men's Squad University of Swansea Men's Squad
Squad from Univeristy of Warwick Squad from Loughborough University Squad from University of Birmingham

 

The day’s participants were treated to a meal and evening at JC’s bar on the University of Swansea campus for those who wanted it, and after a night’s rest the teams reconvened on Sunday morning for day 2 of the Championships. At the start of the day, all teams were required to go straight into isolation while the SERCs were set up and judges and casualties briefed.

Fortunately the weather was dry and pleasantly sunny, as the dry SERC was set outside in the sport centre car park. The SERC was an incident involving a driver who had hit a pedestrian due to being distracted by a mobile phone. As a result, the driver went into shock, the pedestrian who was hit was suffering from a head bleed, a bleeding broken leg, internal bleeding indicated by stomach pains and unconsciousness and there was a bystander who as left panicking at the situation which unfolded in front of them. The team could find the travel first aid kit in the boot of the car, and use live communications on a mobile phone to score their phone marks.

Loughborough A won the dry SERC, with Birmingham A in second and Loughborough B in third. Warwick A scored the most marks from the overall Judge, Sheffield A had the best phone call and Loughborough A scored the most marks from judges 3 and 4, who were judging the treatments given to the casualty who was hit by the car. Loughborough A also scored the highest number of marks for the panicking bystander and shocked driver, the only team to score 10 points in all treatment sections for both of these casualties.

     
1st Loughborough A 2nd Birmingham A 3rd Loughborough B

 

After finishing their dry SERC and repacking their first aid kits into their original containers, the teams were escorted into the pool to complete their wet SERC. In the wet SERC, the team were taking a walk around a lake with a travel first aid kit in a bag given to them before the start, where there was a triathlon taking part the same day. When the team decided to stop for a picnic, they were presented with the scenario in which they had 2.5 minutes to score marks. The top 4 places overall for this event were closely contested, with 2 points between 1st and 2nd place, and only 1 point differentiating 3rd and 4th place. Loughborough A came 1st, Bristol B 2nd and Warwick A 3rd. Birmingham A scored the most marks from the overall judge, with Birmingham 2 A scoring the second highest number of marks from this judge by only half a point. However, the captain from Athens B scored the best Captaincy mark. The communications device was live in this SERC too, where the team used a radio to contact the central safety management team for the triathlon to give information about the casualties and request and ambulance. Loughborough A scored the most phone marks.

As the team entered the SERC into the ‘picnic area’, they were presented with their first 2 casualties: someone suffering from a heart attack, in which Bristol D scored the most points for, and a triathlete who had climbed onto the lake bank, vomited and gone unconscious; Sheffield B scored the most points for this casualty.

In the ‘lake’, there were 2 hypothermic, non-panicking swimmers, a seizing casualty in a kayak and a swimmer with a grazed shoulder entangled with a buoy in an area in line with the picnic area. Further down the lake there were 2 panicking swimmers who were locked, another panicking swimmer holding onto a rescue board, a confused swimmer with a head bleed and an unconscious body on the bottom of the pool, who was attached to the leash of the rescue board.

1st Loughborough A 2nd Bristol B 3rd Warwick A

 

In the rope throw relay, 13 out of the 25 competing teams got all 4 team members in. Birmingham B finished in the fastest time with 1:34.56, Birmingham A were fractionally close behind in second with a time of 1:34.67. Warwick A finished in third with a time of 1:37.15.

The final event of the day was the swim and tow relay. Loughborough A finished 1st with a time of 6:04.44, Loughborough C 2nd with 6:32.53 and Loughborough B 3rd with 6:36.60.

With the Sunday event results combined, Birmingham A were third overall, Warwick A second and Loughborough A first.

The weekend was finished with a results presentation of the weekend’s events and overall winners. Well done to all competitors from over the weekend! The full results with all placings of speeds events, and spreadsheet of the Sunday results can be found over on the Championships Results Page.

With the combined results from both days of the championships, the overall winners were the squad from Loughborough University! The squad from the University of Birmingham were second overall and, after winning the tie break with the University of Warwick, the squad from the University of Bristol were third overall!