TALENTED teenager Charley Gourley is making her mark in the world of sport both in the water and on dry land – and is now the proud holder of a European title.
Charley, 15, won the gold medal in the rope throwing section of the European Junior Lifesaving Championships held in Copenhagen, Denmark with a time of 11.92 seconds.
She was one of two young members of the Blyth Lifeguard and Swimming Club (BLSC) selected for the Great Britain team which took part in the four-day event.
She is the first member of the flourishing and successful lifesaving club to become a European champion.
Charley, a student at the Bede Academy in Blyth, was joined in the Copenhagen squad by James Purvis, 16, who clinched top 10 finishes in four of the six disciplines he competed in.
Earlier this year Charley won five individual gold medals and set two new British records at the Royal National Lifesaving Society’s speed championships held at Pond’s Forge in Sheffield.
She is also a talented athlete and part of the rowing team at Bede Academy, recently being selected for the Northern squad to take part in a national rowing competition in Nottingham.