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Blyth's girls making a right Royal splash; SWIMMING.

BLYTH Swimming and Lifesaving Club's fab five have splashed out on once-in-a-life-time sporting success.

Sisters Cadie and Beth Chandler, Jess Parker, Beth Little and Rachel Carroll were part of the England squad contesting the Royal Lifesaving Society Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships in Durban, South Africa.

It was a first senior call-up for the quintet - and they did not disappoint when they took to the water. The Chandler sisters were part of the development squad which finished second overall.

Cadie struck gold in the line throw, silver in the 100m tow and was fourth in the dry incident, fifth in the wet incident, seventh in the swim and tow and ninth in the lifesaving medley.

Beth won gold in the dry incident, silver in the line throw and wet incident and was seventh in the swim and tow and eighth in the lifesaving medley to be overall ladies lifesaving champion.

She was also fourth in the 50m carry and claimed bronze in the manikin relay and the medley relay. Parker, Little and Carroll were part of the senior national team which clinched third place overall in South Africa.

Parker secured a silver in the wet and dry incident, was sixth in swim and tow, fourth in the lifesaving medley, eighth in super lifesaver and fourth in the manikin and medley relay.

Little was sixth in the 100m carry and 100 tow, fourth in the manikin and medley relay and 15th in the 15th wet incident.

Carroll swam every event - being ninth in the 50m carry and fifth in the 100m carry, super lifesaver, 100m tow - and finished top female Commonwealth competitor.

Blyth's lifeguard captain Michelle Weedy said: "We are very proud of the girls.

"Their hard work, dedication and results are a reflection of the team which works tirelessly to ensure our youngsters have the knowledge to save lives and to take part in a demanding sport.

"Having the top female and the top female lifesaver from Blyth and the girls all going head to head in the various events to win medals is such a huge achievement."

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The girls from Blyth Lifesaving and Swimming Club - sisters Cadie and Beth Chandler, Jess Parker, Beth Little and Rachel Carroll - who represented England at the Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships in South Africa

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:6SOUT
Date:Aug 29, 2017
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