Bronze medallion stars for twin towns

By Andrew Johnston

It takes close to 20 hours of training to earn a bronze medallion, and more than 10 to earn a bronze star.But for local swimmers Kobe Hunter (13), Cooper Wallis (12), Fifi Ajiboye (14) and Dylan Jenkins (14), it was a small price to pay to possibly save a life.The four candidates, under the instruction of Ben McMaster, went through extended training, with Hunter, Ajiboye and Jenkins required to demonstrate competency in CPR (awarded RLS CPR accreditation) as part of their bronze medallion training.They also participated in both theory and practical sessions, water safety, accompanied rescues, defensive techniques, underwater searches, initiatives, survival skills and timed swims, with similar requirements issued met by bronze star candidate Wallis.