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(Mon., July 23, 2012) − The 2012 State of Hawaii Junior Lifeguard Championships will be held on Saturday, July 28, from 9 a.m., at the Ewa end of Ala Moana Beach Park.


The event marks the culmination of this summer’s Junior Lifeguard Program that involved more than 400 youngsters across the State in the skill-building program.  Teams from Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii will compete with four Oahu teams at events that include a 1,000 meter beach run, 250 meter swim, 400 meter board paddle, 100 meter run swim run, and beach flags.


Individual and team champions will be awarded in the following age divisions: 13-14 Girls,
13-14 Boys, 15-18 Girls, and 15-18 Boys.  Kauai’s Junior Lifeguards have won the team championship for the past 8 years and will be defending their title against strong teams from Oahu’s North Shore and South Shore districts.


“The 2012 Championships will showcase skills that the kids learned this summer,” said Oahu Coordinator Jimmy Barros “Junior Lifeguards in Hawaii are some of the best young ocean athletes anywhere.”  Plans are being made to send a Hawaii team to Los Angeles next year to compete in the 2013 United States Lifeguard Association’s National Lifeguard Championships.


The 2012 Junior Lifeguard Championships are presented by the City and County of Honolulu and the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association, with generous support from Olukai Premium Footwear, the Annenberg Foundation, Hurley, DaKine, and Intova.


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Media Contact:  Jimmy Barros, Junior Lifeguard Program Coordinator at 589-2251.