The Cochrane Water Ninjas lifesaving team continued to showcase their athletic prowess in the 2024 Canadian Pool Lifesaving Championships, June 7 to 9.

The Water Ninjas came second overall, up a notch from last year's nationals, thanks to the strong performances of 21 swimmers, ages 15 to 54.

The swimmers returned with a remarkable 52 medals--22 gold, 15 silver, and 15 bronze.

Highlights of the meet include:

  • The 15 to 18-year-old swimmers won the Combined Youth Team Award for the highest point score.
  • The men’s youth team won their division, while the women’s youth team finished second overall.
  • Oliver Johnson was the top point scorer in the men’s youth division, with Danica Fisher and Alana Martens finishing third in the women’s youth and open divisions, respectively.

Additionally, three girls and three boys were selected to represent Team Canada at the Orange Cup in the Netherlands in December 2024. Heading overseas are Sydney Carnegie, Alana Martens, Danica Fisher, Caebri Smith, Jack Dunse, and Isaac Thibodeau.

water ninjas(photo supplied)

“We’re so excited and proud of our team and everything we’ve accomplished this year,” states head coach Alexx Diep in a news release. “Improving our ranking to second in all of Canada is a testament to our athletes’ commitment to training and love of the sport. We come home victorious, proud and grateful for the support we’ve received from our village of people in Cochrane.”

Lifesaving sport is a competitive athletic activity that simulates real-life rescue situations to promote water safety, fitness and lifesaving skills. The sport includes a variety of events and challenges that test participants' speed, endurance and proficiency in rescue techniques.