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2016 National Lifesaving Sport Awards

June 6, 2017|Lifesaving Sport News|

National Sport Awards 2016

OTTAWA — May 5th, 2017


The Lifesaving Society of Canada is pleased to announce the names of the nominees for the 2016 lifesaving sports awards. Nominees were selected in seven (7) categories based on performances by Canadian athletes in good standing, achieved in 2016 internationally and nationally. The nominees are as follows:


Performance of the Year

Dennis Cook, Richmond Hill Lifesaving Club – Bronze Medal – Open Beach Flags – Rescue 2016

Dan Grbac, Newport Surf Life Saving Club, NSW– Bronze Medal – Open Beach Sprint – Rescue 2016

Youth National Team (Donald, Reid, Chang, Peek) SERC – Youth World Champions – Rescue 2016


Female Masters Athlete of the Year

Lisa Brown, Ottawa Lifesaving Club

Stéphanie Labelle, Ottawa Lifesaving Club

Caroline Pierre, Ottawa Lifesaving Club


Male Masters Athlete of the Year

Doug Bishop, Ottawa Lifesaving Club

Martin Goulet, Ottawa Lifesaving Club

Robert Read, Ottawa Lifesaving Club


Development Male Athlete of the Year

Tyler Bailer, Wetaskiwin Orcas

Levi Peek, Wetaskiwin Orcas

Aiden Donald, Calgary Winter Club Tsunamis


Development Female Athlete of the Year

Danielle Chang, Calgary Winter Club Tsunamis

Sandrine Hamel, Rouville Surf Club

Madison Ashton, Saugeen Shores Lifesaving Club


Female Athlete of the Year

Margot Cunningham, Mississauga Lifesaving Club

Ali Ferguson, Paradise Beach Lifesaving Club

Carolyne Godon, Ottawa Valley Lifesaving Club


Male Athlete of the Year

Dennis Cook, Richmond Hill Lifesaving Club

Dan Grbac, Newport Surf Life Saving Club, NSW

Scott Southwood, Calgary Winter Club Tsunamis


The winners will be announced during the 2017 Canadian Pool Lifesaving Championships in Markham, Ontario on Sunday, 4 June 2017.


The Lifesaving Society – Canada’s lifeguarding expert – has been saving lives in Canada for over 100 years through its training programs, Water Smart® drowning prevention campaign, and safety management services. Over 1,000,000 Canadians participate annually in the society’s swimming, lifesaving, lifeguard and leadership programs. Lifesaving sport is the only sport that has been developed based on humanitarian principles.  […]

May 12, 2017|Lifesaving Sport News|

Call for Athletes – 2017 Europe Tour (German Cup and Orange Cup)

As part of its high performance program and in preparation for Rescue 2018, the Lifesaving Society is calling for applications from athletes to join a delegation that will attend the following two international lifesaving championships:
2017 Orange Cup
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
Date: November 18-19, 2017 (TBC)
2017 German Cup

Location: Warendorf, Germany

Date: November 24-25, 2017


Tour Dates: November 15-26, 2017 (subject to change)

Type: Pool lifesaving

Team: Delegation Team – 5 female, 5 male


Eligible athletes must submit an email of intent highlighting interest to join this delegation by 11:59pm (EDST) on June 3, 2017 to Brian Miess, Technical Leaders Committee Chair

Selection of the teams will be announced at the conclusion of the 2017 Canadian Pool Lifesaving Championships.

For further information or clarification, please contact Emily Verreault, High Performance Manager


May 8, 2017|Lifesaving Sport News|

Appel aux Athlètes – Royal Life Saving Society Festival of Lifesaving 2017

En accord avec son objectif d’offrir des opportunités internationales aux athlètes canadiens de haut niveau, la Société de Sauvetage est heureuse de confirmer qu’une délégation sera formée pour prendre part à l’événement international en sauvetage sportif suivant :

Nom: Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) Festival of Lifesaving 2017

Lieu: King’s Park Swimming Complex, Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Date: 8-12 août, 2017 (Tour du 3 au 13 août, à confirmer)

Type: Sauvetage en Piscine

Équipes: Équipe Nationale – 5 femmes, 5 hommes

Équipe Développement – 5 femmes, 5 hommes

Le Festival inclut deux volets: Le Championnat du Commonwealth traditionnel ainsi qu’un nouveau Défi de Sauvetage d’habiletés individuelles. Le Canada participera à ces deux volets.

April 8, 2017|Lifesaving Sport News|

Call for Athletes – Royal Life Saving Society Festival of Lifesaving 2017

In line with its commitment to offer international exposure to its high performance athletes, the Lifesaving Society is pleased to announce its intent to field a team to attend the following international lifesaving championship:

Name: Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) Festival of Lifesaving 2017

Location: King’s Park Swimming Complex, Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Dates: August 8-12, 2017 (tour August 3-13, to be confirmed)

Type: Pool lifesaving

Teams: National Team – 5 female, 5 male

Development Team – 5 female, 5 male

This festival involves two components: the traditional Commonwealth Championships plus a new individual skills Lifesaving Challenge. Canada’s athletes will compete in both components.


April 8, 2017|Lifesaving Sport News|

Call for Applications: Sport Commission Athlete Development Chair

The National Sport Commission is seeking applications from interested Lifesaving Society members for the position of Athlete Development Chair (Job Description attached).  To indicate your interest in this position, please contact Martin Leprohon, Sport Commissioner before April 14, 2017.

March 22, 2017|Lifesaving Sport News|

ILS is seeking to hire Event Director

Dear Lifesaving friends,


Please be informed that the ILS is seeking to hire an Event Director.

The ILS Board of Directors is looking for an experienced Event Director to supervise the management of the existing ILS Events: the Lifesaving World Championships, the World Conferences on Drowning Prevention and other events such as the World Games, Military World Games etc.


For the terms of engagement, the profile specifications and the job description, please consult this attachment: ILS Event Director


Candidates are requested to provide a full curriculum vitae and a motivation letter by the deadline of 30th April 2017.


Best regards,


Karin Obus

Executive Director

 International Life Saving Federation

Contact address: Gemeenteplein 26 – 3010 Leuven – Belgium

E-mail: – Web:

Tel: +32 16 89 60 60


March 12, 2017|Lifesaving Sport News, Media release|

2017 Sport Commission Key Officials Appointments

Lifesaving Canada is pleased to announce the following appointments at the 2017 Canadian Lifesaving Sport Championships.

2017 Canadian Lifeguard Emergency Response Championships

Chief referee – Sarah Ingleton, ON
Appeals convenor – Perry Smith, ON

2017 Canadian Pool Lifesaving Championships

Chief referee – Rebecca Boyd, ON
Appeals convenor – Perry Smith, ON

2017 Canadian Surf Lifesaving Championships

Chief referee – Mike Melenchuk , NS
Appeals convenor – Mike Maguire, NS

Thank you for your commitment to Lifesaving Sport in Canada. Further nominations will be confirmed by the host.

March 1, 2017|Lifesaving Sport News, Media release|


The Lifesaving Society Sport Commission invites volunteer applications to assist with team management and coaching of the National Teams for the 2017-18 High Performance program which includes the following events:

 RLSS Commonwealth Festival of Surf, Durban, South Africa, Aug 2017

 German Cup, Nov 2017

 International Surf Rescue Challenge, Mt. Maunganui, New Zealand, Nov-Dec 2017

 Rescue 2018, Adelaide, Australia, Nov 2018

 Other Domestic and International Training Camps, and preparatory events

If you wish to be considered, please submit a letter of interest along with a full resume to Martin Leprohon, Sport Commissioner by March 10, 2017.

February 23, 2017|Lifesaving Sport News, Media release|

Press Release

Lifesaving Canada National Sport Commission’s 2017-2018 Events Calendar Released!

Lifesaving Canada National Sport Commission released its competition calendar leading up to the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships. A key direction change in this two-year circuit of events is the decision to reduce the number of international competitions and instead offer athletes training opportunities. The recommendation to change the focus of the competition calendar was made by the National Sport Commission after consultations between the Sport Commissioner, the High Performance Manager, the Chair of the Technical Experts Committee, the National Athlete Representative, and Team Coaches and Managers from 2016, along with analyses of athlete questionnaires received in 2016.

The rationale for the change is to ensure that Canada’s athletes have greater opportunities to improve their skills and sport knowledge and to field teams to competitions that fit within the seasonality of our athletes’ training programs. For this reason, the National Sport Commission has decided to decline its invitation to attend the Sanyo Bussan International Lifesaving Cup in June 2017.

The National Sport Commission invites you to view the competition calendar by clicking here and to check back to this page for announcements related to upcoming training camps.

Thank you,

Lifesaving Sport Commission

February 8, 2017|Lifesaving Sport News, Media release|