Official Recognition For World Record Breaking Clare Athlete

Released on: April 29, 2008, 10:42 am

Press Release Author: Mark Dunphy/Dunphy Public Relations

Industry: Government

Press Release Summary: Tuesday, 29 April 2008 - The world record-breaking exploits
of a County Clare lifesaving athlete were officially recognised at a ceremony in The
Falls Hotel, Ennistymon this week.

Press Release Body: Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage
and Local Government, Mr. Tony Killeen presented World Record Certificates to Norma
Cahill in recognition of her exploits during the National Pool Lifesaving
Championships in February.

The annual Championships are part of Irish Water Safety's extensive programme to
promote water safety in Ireland with a particular focus on the necessary skills
required by lifeguards nationwide. The event saw teams from counties around Ireland
competing in a rigorous series of races, which simulated conditions that lifesavers
often encounter in real life rescues.

Norma Cahill smashed the world record in the 100 Metre manikin carry with fins in
the University Arena pool in Limerick. The previous record was held by Schankin
Petra of Germany, from Italy and was set in 2004 at a time of 1 M16.76Secs. Norma
took 0.78 seconds off this time.

According to Minister Killeen, "It is the first World Record in Lifesaving Sport
ever made and will be uploaded to the International Lifesaving Federation library of
world records. Currently Norma is the only Irish citizen to hold a world record in
lifesaving sport."

"I know that the people of County Clare and Irish Water Safety are delighted for
Norma. She is Ireland\'s premier lifesaving athlete, holding two previous world
records, which she made in Geelong, Australia in 2006. There is no doubt that she
has elevated the sport on to a new level giving it national and international
recognition", concluded the Clare T.D.


Notes to Editor:
- Tony Killeen T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Environment Heritage and
Local Government and Communication Energy and Natural Resources with special
responsibility for Environment and Energy, is available for interview and further
comment on 0035387-2525304. Alternatively please contact Mark Dunphy of Dunphy
Public Relations on 00353868534900 or
- High-resolution images of Minister Killeen are available on request

Mark Dunphy
Dunphy Public Relations
00353-868534900 (mobile)
00353-656839692 (fax)

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Contact Details: Dunphy Public Relations, Connolly, Ennis, County Clare, Ireland
Tel: +353 (0) 86 853 4900

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