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GWINNETT GAB: Local lifeguards take first at state event

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation took first place at the annual Georgia Recreation and Park Association State Lifeguarding Competition on July 23 in Clayton County.

Lifeguards passed through several rounds of tryouts to be chosen for the state-bound team. Six lifeguards from various GCPR aquatic centers earned spots on the team after proving their lifeguard skills and abilities during the tryouts.

Katherine Vaux, Valerie Ward, Robert Johnson, Guido Saccaggi, Stephen Brinkley and Dan Knox studied lifeguard materials, swam and conditioned throughout the summer to prepare for the competition.

The competition consisted of several events evaluating teamwork, athletic ability and lifeguarding knowledge. The local lifeguards dominated the swim relay event with the fastest time and secured another first during an event applying their lifeguard skills during a realistic emergency simulation.

Overall, the GCPR team placed in the top 3 for all of the events.

The team was supervised and coached by Aquatics Coordinator Christine Greenfield and Aquatics Supervisor Amanda Groth.

"We are very proud of the lifeguard team for their victory at state," Greenfield said.

"This win is a testimony of our exceptional lifeguard and aquatics programs," Groth added.

Volunteers needed for special-needs organization

SUWANEE -- The Next Stop Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Suwanee that serves adults with mild to moderate developmental disabilities, is seeking volunteers.

The Next Stop Foundation provides members the opportunity to interact with friends and peers, enjoy recreation and continue to learn and be aware of the world around them. Each afternoon is spent cooking and participating in planned activities.

The role of volunteers is to facilitate activities, encourage members and support their participation. Volunteers are needed one afternoon per week: from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Training is provided.

For more information, contact Vicki LaRoche at 404 932-3953 or vicki@thenextstop.org. Visit www.thenextstop.org for additional information.

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