The varsity match was closely fought, with Cambridge winning by a tight margin of only six points. Both Oxford teams performed well but were let down by the water based incident where we placed third and fourth. Our teams were evenly matched and contained a large number of freshers which provides good hopes of finishing well next year.
Oxford entered two teams into the national lifesaving championships at Birmingham late in Hilary term. We placed seventh and seventeenth, again being let down by our performance in the water based incident. Both teams managed very good times in the racing events although neither finished the rope throwing relay which was disappointing as it is usually an event in which we perform well.
The only other competition entered by Oxford was held at Southhampton early in Trinity term, the Oxford teams improved on our national result by finishing fourth and fourteenth. Although good in some events the teams performed badly in others, loosing valuable time in the towing races through technical faults and placing second and sixteenth in the dry first aid incident.
Throughout the year we have maintained a strong squad with about 14 club members taking part in at least one competition during the year, many of these being new members. We have continued to train beginners for RLSS awards holding three bronze medalion courses during the year and maintaining our 100