PBHS student puts lifesaving skills to international test

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Photo courtesy of Renet Krosse

A student from Picture Butte High School will represent Canada at the Commonwealth Lifesaving Championship in Canberra, Australia Sept. 4-8.

Merel Krosse, 16, was named an alternate to the Canadian development team following a national competition in Quebec in June, and found out days later that she would be competing.

She has just a few weeks to raise the $4,500 she needs to make the trip. While she is working as a lifeguard at a Lethbridge pool, she is also accepting donations to help cover the financial commitment.

A swimmer since age 6, Krosse has been competing in lifesaving events for years.

Known as “the safest sport out there,” lifesaving competitions demand not only strong swimming skills but abilities in the use of rescue equipment and provision of lifesaving skills. Events include recovering a mannequin, throwing a rescue line to a person in the water and pulling them to poolside, and responding to simulated emergency situations.

If you’re interested in supporting Krosse’s trip to the Commonwealth championship, please contact her by phone at 403-394-6964 or by email through her website at http://merelkrosse.jimdo.com/

For a Sunny South News feature about Krosse, please click here.