Lifesavers’ response earns medals

Noosa Heads SLSC has returned from Perth with three gold medals from the Australian Surf Life Saving Titles in the first aid competition.

Kya Bartholomaeus and Lara Bromfield remained calm under pressure in the under-17 first aid to win.

The girls had an eight-minute scenario in which to triage, treat, call an ambulance and care for all patients as part of a glassing scenario in a bar environment between two aggressive males.

After taking out that gold, the girls then backed up to make it a double in the under-19 first aid.

“One male tourist had heat exhaustion, while another man had an angina attack in the scenario,” a spokesperson said.

“At the six-minute mark, an English-speaking tourist entered with severe jelly fish stings and then proceeded to have an asthma attack.”

The team of Fiona Krause and Kaye Bartholomaeus took out gold in the open first aid.

Fiona and Kaye had 12 minutes to triage, treat, call an ambulance and do secondary body checks on the mock scene of competitors who have been injured in a ski race.

There were head injuries, internal injuries, a broken ankle, sprained wrist, heat stroke and a diabetic.

“During the scenario a hostile bystander tried to drag one of the patients out of the competition area, which was extremely confronting and a challenge,” Fiona said.

The triple gold haul to the Bartholomaeus family added to the Australian under-15 gold medal Kya Bartholomaeus won last year and the Australian under-15 silver medal the year before.

The girls have thrived on the support of their families and club, as well as the expert tuition from head coach Lenore Grice.

Lenore has helped competitors obtain 28 medals for Noosa Heads Surf Club in first aid.

Kya and Lara are now catching up on exams, with Lara completing Year 12 and keen for a career in medicine.


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