This is the FULL report written by Rory Newman, one of our Youth members who competed on the evening.
Passion,commitment and stamina. These are the words I would use to sum up the performance of the two teams that represented SSLSC on Saturday the 30th of November. The indoor twilight that was held at 2 Riversmeet was a new event for both the team and the coaches of SSLSC and was shown in some events, however after some confusion over what to do on each event the teams performed with a huge amount of commitment.
It was a shaky start for team one in the obstacle relay but the team fought to the end and fetched a 6th place position in the heat. Heat 2 was a different story with Toby Coffin storming up the home straight to earn themselves a spot on the podium for that event. The next relay was the manikin relay which involved the whole of the team to in turn do a length each whilst securely holding a manikin.
In the first heat team one were left way behind from a lack of knowledge on how to hold the manikin to produce the maximum amount of power needed to win the race , however we showed the other team a different style of holding the manikin. The second heat was a different story again and with this extra knowledge on how to hold the manikin the second team were able to clench a first place position again in their heat.
Next up and dreaded by many was the MEDLEY RELAY!!!!, it was a learning curve for the whole team in heat one but by good tactical work by Sponge we were able to delay the race in order to fully understand what to do. Again it was not a great result in heat one but as you may have predicted heat 2 was again a different story. Second place was earnt.
The rope throwing relay was thought to be a strong point in the teams and this was proven by both teams competing in both heats.
The evening ended with the final relay- the simplest of the night ,the board relay. After a quick team talk for group one, Rory Ellicott shot off on the first leg of the race showing his surf abilities and gaining a small lead for the team, Georgia raced down the pool on the second leg and handed over the board to Beth who paddled her way down the far end and handed the board to myself. The pressure was on ,2nd place was up for grabs but Christchurch were looking strong, I dug deep long smooth strokes turned to frantic tired strokes desperate to place my team on the podium at least once that night. It was a photo finish but Southbourne CLENCHED A 2nd PLACE spot on the podium. Heat two showed a similar story and Southbourne managed to achieve a 1st place again.
The night was a huge success and with some training both teams could achieve even more in the next Twilight.
Well done to all who took part.
Captain of Southbourne One.