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128 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Aug. 8 - Aug. 14, 2003 Cape Region junior lifeguards head out from the beach at the start of the surf swim in the Rehoboth Junior Lifeguard Olympics on July 31. Rehoboth Reach Junior Lifeguard Patrol mem- ber Zach Schroeder heads out of some rough surf in the paddleboard relay event. Dan Cook photos Dana McCreary, left, of the Dewey Beach Junior Lifeguard Patrol won the mile run with her sprint in the last 200 yards. Junior Lifeguard program prepares kids for the future By Kate McPike Area junior lifeguards made a splash last week at two competitions testing the skills and endurance they have ac- quired during the summer. On Thursday, July 31, the Re- hoboth Beach Patrol hosted the Rehoboth Junior Lifeguard Olympics, drawing competitors from the Delaware State Parks, Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach and Ocean City, Md. Junior Lifeguard-patrols. Participants ranging in age from 6 to 16 took part in a va- riety of events, including a beach run, distance swim, run- swim-run race, paddleboard relay, sprint relay and beach flags. Events were divided into separate age groups, with boys and girls competing together in all except for beach flags. The competition was not scored. On Monday, July 29, junior guards from the Delaware State Parks traveled to Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J. to take part in the Junior Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition. The Mid- Atlantic Region stretches from New York to Virginia. Ju- nior guards participated in events similar to those held at the Rehoboth Junior Olympics. The premise of Junior Lifeguard programs is to teach children about ocean safety and basic lifeguarding princi- ples, while incorporating games and workout activities. Ju- nior guards are instructed by beach patrol members. Cape Region programs have drawn hundreds of participants so far, with numbers on the rise. While the primary focus is increasing awareness of beach rules and safety, the programs also look to prepare teenaged participants for future employment as lifeguards. Local junior guards also competed in the Junior Lifeguard Nationals in Cape May, N.J. on Aug. 7. Alexa DeBarr, right, from the Dewey Beach Ju- nior Lifeguard squad outmuscles Sarah May of Delaware Seashore State Parks Junior Lifeguard Patrol in the beach flags event. Junior Lifeguard program coach Jordan Lorah of the Delaware Seashore State Park Beach Patrol gets jumped by (l-r) Johanna Hop- kins, Natalie Hein and Ali Coning. Rehoboth Reach Patrol's junior lifeguards take a break as the rough surf takes its toll on the eompetitor Pictured are (back row l-r) Max Coveleski, Alex Albaneso and Brett Morris. In the middle row are Jon Goodwin, Ryan Bristowe and Danny Steele. Seated are Zach Sehroeder, Chris McMahon, Kaleb Lemaire, Aaron Tartal and James Diguglielmo. Sarah May, left, and Bethany Betts, beth 11 and members of the Delaware Seashore State Park Junior Life- guard Patrol, head out of the water during the surf swim event.