August 12, 2021
By David Biggy
Large TIME: Barnegat Light-weight Seaside Patrol teen Hugh Shields displays off some of the medals he captured during the USLA National Championships on South Padre Island, Texas, on Aug. 4. (Photograph courtesy of John Shields)
Hugh Shields had a big working day on South Padre Island, Texas on Aug. 4, competing in opposition to some of the greatest younger lifeguards in the state.
Invited by the contingent from Monmouth County to be a part of the United States Lifesaving Affiliation Nationwide Championships, Shields brought house some medals for his prowess in the open drinking water. Competing in the Under-19 division, Shields gained a trio of golds and a silver. South Padre Island is about 8 miles north of the Mexico border alongside the western edge of the Gulf of Mexico.
In the Below-19 Board Race, Shields – by now just one of Lengthy Seaside Island’s more distinguished paddlers at 17 several years old – scored the victory in advance of L.A. County’s Lukas Pohlman and Santa Barbara County’s Charles Franzen. The Barnegat Gentle Beach front Patrol guard also received the Underneath-19 Ironguard celebration, ousting Jones Beach front State Park’s Brian Veit and Sussex County (Del.) Beach front Patrol’s Declan Burke.
Teaming up with Thomas Antonucci, Daniel Cornish and Brian Baldwin, Shields also grabbed a gold medal in the Beneath-19 Rescue Race, in advance of the groups from L.A. County and Santa Barbara. Shields completed second powering Emerald Coast’s (Florida) Garrett Edwards in the Beneath-19 Seaside Sprint.
“It was a excellent time, getting to cling out with the Monmouth County staff,” Shields mentioned. “I was privileged to be invited considering that we didn’t have a staff from Lengthy Seaside Island likely. I had a great deal of exciting remaining there.” —D.B.