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Gurnee Park District Takes First Place at Lifeguard Games for Ninth Consecutive Year

Illinois Park and Recreation Association held Lifeguard Games, their annual competition for Park and Recreation Agency lifeguards and junior lifeguards on July 14, 2017 at Bartlett Park District, Bartlett, IL.

Gurnee Park District (GPD) sent four teams to Bartlett. Both the lifeguard and junior lifeguard groups took first place at the event for an unprecedented ninth time. Teams of four competed in tests of strength, speed, rescue skills, endurance and teamwork against other agency lifeguards and junior lifeguards. As defending champions for the past eight years, the GPD lifeguards and junior lifeguard teams embraced the hard work that went into training. "We are very proud of our teams and all of our lifeguards who keep our aquatic customers safe at GPD. This event is a great way to showcase our dedication to keeping our community safe," said Kara Moss, GPD Aquatic Manager.

Moss went on to say, "These guards give 110% at work during the day at our facilities and practice at night. They even organize their own carwash events to cover the cost of registration, transportation and team apparel. The lifeguards volunteer their time for all practices, preparation and day of event activities." She continued by saying that this award is not just for the lifeguards but also for the other staff members that work as attendants, customer service and lesson staff that help with practices and fundraise for the event. "Preparation for this event showcases how much pride our staff have in their jobs, their coworkers and the Gurnee community."

Lifeguard teams
1st place: Katie Bell, Erik Kosberg, Maddie Pietranek, Natan Weiner (guest in distress: Maddison Crecchio)
3rd place: Lexi Dorner, Jordan Elkinton, Jonathan Mendez, Shane Mundt

Junior lifeguard teams
1st place: Evan Berndt, Grace Bevers, Robert Carlson, Ethan Harrigan, Faith Harris
2nd place: Kimberleigh DelVecchio, Mineva Freehling, Giana Mae Lim, Jonathan Lim, Ben Smith, Cameron Beard

Group Photo

Front row L to R: Katie Bell, Jordan Elkinton, Lexi Dorner, Maddie Pietranek, Danielle Friedl (Lifeguard Games Coach), Maddison Crecchio Back row L to R: Erik Kosberg, Natan Weiner, Jonathan Mendez, Shane Mundt, Kara Moss (Aquatic Manager) 

First Place Team

Erik Kosberg, Katie Bell, Natan Weiner, Maddie Pietranek, Maddison Crecchio Crecchio

Third Place Team

Front Row: Maddison Crecchio; Back Row: Jonathan Mendez, Jordan Elkinton, Lexi Dorner, Shane Mundt


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