LIFESAVING: Branwen has Commonwealth collection
11:00am Sunday 22nd September 2013 in Latest Sport News
CHIPPENHAM swimmer Branwen Harris captained the England Womens’ Lifesaving team to one of their best performances in at the Commonwealth Championships in Australia.
Leading the women’s team to the overall silver medal position, Harris achieved an individual bronze in the 50m Manikin Carry, two relay silvers and a coveted relay gold.
Two of the relays, the 4 x 50m Manikin Relay and 4 x 50m medley relay were swum in British record times with the team setting a new Commonwealth record for the 4 x 50m Obstacle Relay, beating the Australian team by 0.06 seconds in Canberra.
The England women’s team of five swimmers trained in Sydney for a week before staying at the famous Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra for the Championships.
Harris had experienced international competition two years previously at the Commonwealth Championships in South Africa.
She said “Captaining the England team was an honour.
“It was a great experience and gaining an overall team silver for England as well as an individual bronze made it exceptional.”
Harris is a former Hardenhuish pupil, Chippenham ASC swimmer and Wiltshire swimming captain who learned to swim at the Olympiad.
She took up lifesaving while attending Loughborough University. The sport combines sprint swimming with the various skills of lifesaving such as pulling a rescue harness and towing a body.
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