A SPORTS student at Leeds Trinity University is targeting a medal at the Lifesaving European Championships in Italy this month.

Martin Schofield, 19, who studies physical education, will compete in individual and pair events in both the pool and ocean at the championships in Riccione, on the coast of Italy. His events range from individual manikin carries and line throw to team relays and stimulated emergency response.

He will represent the nation and his home club, Crawley Town, in the Open (18 years plus) category and is hoping to make his mark. Last year he was named in the 2018 GBR High Performance Lifesaving Squad and represented Great Britain at the World Championships in Australia.

Martin, who trains with the Leeds Phoenix Lifesaving Club, said: “I am hoping to achieve a medal in the 12.5m line throw event and hopefully get the World Record and European Record.

“In the other events, I’d like to get into the finals in the pool events and place as high as I can in the beach events.”

The championships take place from September 17 to 30.