First-aid skills on show at state St John Ambulance competition

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FOUR of Tasmania’s finest young first-aiders are off to national competitions in Victoria next year after outstanding performances in the St John Ambulance state cadet titles at Kings Meadows.

Launceston’s Lachlan Hindrum successfully defended his state Open Individual title, tending to the simulated injuries of two people involved in a mock explosion.

The Year 11 student will go to Melbourne next January for his second national appearance, having placed third in the previous Australian championships earlier this year.

He will be joined by Hobart cadets Aden Roberts, Alana Cornish and Angelina Welsh — Hussian who will represent Tasmania in the team event.

Launceston’s Lachlan Hindrum attends to one of his two patients in the Open Individual category at the St John Ambulance competition, which he won for the second year in a row. Picture by DAMIAN BESTER

St John Ambulance state commissioner Carl Graham said the competitors were extraordinary young people who were willing to step forward and help save someone’s life.

Aged between eight and 17 years, the competitors from the state’s north, south, and north-west demonstrated their first-aid and patient-care skills in simulated situations.

“The simulated scenarios used in the competitions provide an opportunity for these dedicated young people to put their lifesaving knowledge and skills to practice,” Mr Graham said.

“St John Cadets and Juniors at the competitions have made a commitment to support their community,”

“Many of the young people demonstrating their skills … will become our health care professional and community leaders of the future.

“St John’s aim is to save lives by encouraging every home, workplace and car on the road to have someone trained in first aid in them.”

Hobart cadets Alisa Talbot, 12, left, Tamzin Graham, 12, and Bella Kings, 12, won the Novice Team event at the first aid competition. Picture: DAMIAN BESTER

St John Ambulance Tasmania state cadet and junior competition results

Junior Individual: Ryan Dobson, Hobart Cadets

Junior Team: Ella Swan and Amelia Hughes, Launceston Cadets

Novice Individual: Rhyley Swan, Launceston Cadets

Novice Team: Tamzin Graham, Alisa Talbot and Bella Kings, Hobart Cadets

Open Individual: Lachlan Hindrum, Launceston Cadets

Open Team: Aden Roberts, Alana Cornish and Angelina Welsh-Hussian, Hobart Cadets

Competitors from the north, south and northwest attended the St John Ambulance state cadet competition. Picture by DAMIAN BESTER
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