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Sammy Face on saving lives from Belgian Championship to World Cup: “Aim for top eight with Belgium”

Sammy Fays from De Panne will take part in the Belgian Championship Lifesaving in Blankenberge on the weekend of 3rd and 4th September, followed by the French Championship. They are preparations for his participation with the Belgian national team in the World Cup in Italy from September 26 to October 3.

In September last year, Sammy Feis showed that he is the European leader in lifesaving or rescue swimming. At Castellon de la Plana, Spain, he won bronze in the board race. In the Ocean Man finals, there was a silver medal and finally a gold medal in surfski, a combination of king number or surfski, board, swim and run. “I trained well in the pool and in the meantime improved in different areas,” says the 21-year-old swimmer of Flanders Coast Lifesaving Team Middelkerke.

This summer, Sami worked as a lifeguard on the Koksijde beach until the end of July, after which he began training in Westende. In between, he took part in training in the first ocean swim at De Panne, which he promptly won. As well as an international competition, Ocenanperf or a training internship in French Gabridan with the largest international meeting on the European continent. Sami finished 13th in the finals.

It will be a challenge to measure ourselves against the leading countries

From September 8 to 10, Sammy will participate in the French Championship in Hossegor with his French team Breizh Sauvetage Côtier. “I will not participate in everything there. Instead, it’s about training and supporting my team members.

Following this, the swimmer has been given some rest to focus on the World Cup. This is not his first participation. His first appearance with the national team was at the World Youth Championship, followed by a second in Australia in 2018. Later this month in Riccione, Italy, Sami will compete with the adults for the first time. “The youth goals are top 12 or 8. Now I hope to do better. It will be a challenge to measure ourselves against Germany, Great Britain and France and the best countries outside of Europe like Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. These professional athletes are at a much higher level than the European Championships. They bring

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open water

Within the national team at the World Cup, Feis is part of six men’s and six women’s relay teams. “Some people choose open water, others like to play in the pool, and then people like me combine the two. As a beach boy, my preference is usually for offshore fields. It’s hard to keep up because you have to take into account many factors like the wind, the current and the fact that your opponents are very close. . . a lot can go wrong.”

In recent years, our country can count itself among the top ten places in the world. “Maybe we can collect some more points, because we specialize in open water. Lifeguarding is a team sport where you get points in individual numbers for the team. This way we hope we can get eighth place, who knows, maybe even better”, concludes Feis. (ACR)