2nd Pan-Hellenic Lifesaving Sport Championship
WITH REPRESENTATION FROM THE PRINCESS CHARLENE OF MONACO FOUNDATION
The Greek Championship was organized by the Hellenic Federation of Underwater Activity and supported by the Hellenic Ministry of Health, the Hellenic Centre for Disease Control & Prevention, the Hellenic Red Cross, the International Water Safety Foundation and other prestigious organizations.
The Hellenic Federation of Underwater Activity, recognized by the General Secretariat of Sports, organized very successfully the 2nd Pan-Hellenic Lifesaving Sport Championship as means to preserve public health from drowning preventing. Lifesaving sport is very popular and held the last decades in numerous events at international level. If last year’s inaugural event was historic, this year it land-marked the continuity and the collaboration with key water safety related organizations.
At the opening ceremony, several honoree presentations were made. The President of the Federation,Vaggelis Rakantas, presented a honorary statuette to the representative of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, Kimberly Jarvis, Senior Project Manager, “for the significant contributions of the foundation to the work of the federation that aims to reduce drowning deaths in Greece, through water safety and lifesaving sport programs“. Dr. Vicky Bafataki, presented with the Honorary Medallion of the International Giuseppe Sciacca Awards, to Dr. Stathis Avramidis “for his pioneering and long contributions to the development of lifesaving sport in Greece“. Lastly, a honorary statuette was presented to the Mayor of Alimos, Andreas Kondylis, for his contributions and support.
The number of participating teams was increased by 70% from last year. The championship hosted two events with great symbolism and a swim-a-thon for the general public. The Federation aims to co-operate with the Hellenic Red Cross (full member of the International Life Saving Federation), to send National Team in the international games and also to recognize officially the sport by the Greek government. This way, water safety will increase in Greece that currently ranks 6th in European Union of the 28 countries and 39th among 116 countries (according to the World Health Organization’s 2014 Drowning report).
The event was supported by the Hellenic Ministry of Health and operated under the auspices of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, the International Awards Giuseppe Sciacca, Safe Water Sports, International Water Safety Foundation,Pan-Hellenic Union of Medical Doctors, Pan-Hellenic Union of Qualified Physical Educators, Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Hellenic Red Cross, Union of Greek Athletes with Extraordinary Achievements and the Municipality of Alimos.