Saturday, 26 September 2009
Sports events bring beach alive
Boscombe beach was buzzing with friendly rivalry this weekend as a lifeguard contest shared the sand with football tournaments, volleyball and surfing activities.
The European Inshore Rescue Boat Championships, which continues tomorrow, drew the bigger crowd.
Crews from around Britain, Denmark and Germany showed off their lifesaving skills by racing to rescue volunteers from the water.
Meanwhile, teams competed in five-a-side football, beach volleyball and on a 70m inflatable assault course brought in by the Army.
Other events included a free African drumming workshop and sumo wrestling ring.
You may also have been forgiven for thinking a pod of dolphins were washed up on Boscombe Beach, just days after Gilbert the whale met an undignified end. The dolphins were, in fact, part of a sand sculpture competition. By the end of Saturday, dozens of the animals could be seen leaping from the sand.
The events were all part of the Boscombe Beach Fest, organised by the Citizens Advice Bureau, Sport England, Bournemouth Borough Council and the 2012 Legacy Project.