Junior lifeguards compete on Del Mar beach

DEL MAR, Calif. (KGTV) - North San Diego County kids and teens had a challenging day on the beach Friday during the junior lifeguard competition in Del Mar.

The Del Mar Junior Lifeguards hosted their counterparts from Solana Beach for a day of running, paddle and swim relays, and beach flag games.

"I definitely feel I grew as a person, I learned to be more selfless. We learned to kind of share respect to others no matter what, and I mean my teamwork just definitely got a lot better,” said 14-year-old James Goodwin, junior lifeguard of the year.

Five hundred children ages 9 through 7 participated in the events.

"We are stressing sportsmanship and teamwork; we're stressing participation, having fun, trying your best. Only one person in each event is going to be first, so everyone needs to learn from what did they do, that they could do better to be the first person next time,” said Del Mar Junior Lifeguards director Turtle Randolph.

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