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National Drowning Prevention Week

Canada faces a major problem – and a preventable one: almost 500 people die every year from drowning. The Lifesaving Society designates the third week in July as National Drowning Prevention Week (NDPW) to focus community and media attention on the drowning problem and drowning prevention. During this week, the Society urges individuals to:

If you’re not within arms’ reach, you’ve gone too far. Always supervise children.

Boat sober. Alcohol consumption is a factor in almost 40% of boating-related fatalities.

Choose It. Use It. Always wear a Lifejacket or PFD.

Lifejackets don’t work if you don’t wear them. Not wearing a Lifejacket or PFD was a factor in 82% of boating deaths.

July 17, 2017|Lifesaving Sport News|

Rescue 2016 Delegation

Canadians are off to the Netherlands to represent their country at Rescue 2016 – the World Lifesaving Championships to be held in Noordwijk and Einhoven, from 1 to 18 September.

The Canadian delegation includes approximately 200 people, among them lifesaving athletes, technical officials and delegates to meetings of the International Lifesaving Federation (ILS) that are held in conjunction with Rescue 2016.

The Canadian athletes who will be competing from Sept. 6-11 include the following National Team athletes: Dennis Cook (Ont.); James Verreault (Ont.); Gavin Coward (Ont.); Scott Southwood (Alta.); Daniel Grbac (Ont.); Carolyne Godon (Ont.); Haylie Burton (Ont.); Marie-Félixe Granger (Que.); Dallas Walker (Alta); Margot Cunningham (Ont); Mackenzie Salmon (Ont.), Team Captain, Alexandra Ferguson (Ont.) and, our National youth (15-18) team of Jenna Kutash (Alta.); Emma Tonellato (Ont.); Jade Maille (Que,); Danielle Chang (Alta.); Sandrine Hamel (Que.); Levi Peek (Alta.); Tyler Bailer (Alta.); Austin Jerke (Alta.); Aiden Donald (Alta.); Jacob Miess (Ont.); McLean Reid (Ont.) and Team Captain, Madison Ashton (Ont.).

The team will be supported by head-coaches Jason Cross, (NS) and Don Burton (Ont), assistant-coaches Pierre Tabah (Que.) and Andrew Crook (South Africa), national team manager Pat McGrath (NS) and national youth team manager Emily Verreault, (Ont), along with Chef de Mission Brian Miess (Ont), Sport Commissioner Steve Box (Ont.) and high performance manager Martin Leprohon (Que.)

The World Lifesaving Championships are sanctioned by the International Life Saving Federation (ILS). The Canadian Teams will be competing against different nations in pool and surf events. Lifesaving sport is a unique combination of competitive swimming, simulated rescue drills, use of rescue equipment, and performing manikin rescues. Lifesaving sport is designed to test the athlete’s speed, endurance, agility, co-ordination and strength in pool, beach and surf venues.

Canada is also represented by […]

September 1, 2016|Lifesaving Sport News|