Lifesaving Sport News

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|

Sandrine Hamel is a Super Lifesaver Extraordinaire!


Day two of the Orange Cup had produced some personal best results and a bronze medal for Team Canada. Congratulations to Sandrine Hamel for winning her second medal at these games, capturing the bronze medal in Super Lifesaver (Junior) finishing with a time of 2:47.38

Day 2 Results

50m Carry


HAMEL, Sandrine 98 NT Canada 40.73
PEEK, Levi 00 NT Canada 41.55
BAILER, Tyler 98 NT Canada 42.02
PLANTE, Ryan 99 NT Canada 43.78


WALKER, Dallas 90 NT Canada 43.45
PEEK, Cassandra 93 NT Canada 43.52
MORIN, Sarah-Laurence 95 NT Canada 45.88
WILLIAM, Dansereau 96 NT Canada 41.34

100m Carry with Fins


HAMEL, Sandrine 98 NT Canada 1:08.77
BAILER, Tyler 98 NT Canada 1:01.93


HAMEL, Marie-Charlotte 96 NT Canada 1:12.23
SEAV, Svetoslav 93 NT Canada 1:14.13

4x50m Rescue Medley

NT Canada 1 NT Canada 1:56.36

     WALKER, Dallas 90 29.96

     HAMEL, Marie-Charlotte 96 29.41

     HAMEL, Sandrine 98 24.33

     MORIN, Sarah-Laurence 95 32.66

NT Canada 1 NT Canada 1:49.32

     PLANTE, Ryan 99 27.82

     PEEK, Levi 00 27.39

     BAILER, Tyler 98 20.35

     WILLIAM, Dansereau 96 33.76

100m Rescue Medley


PEEK, Levi 00 NT Canada 1:20.02
PLANTE, Ryan 99 NT Canada 1:27.34


PEEK, Cassandra 93 NT Canada 1:27.82
WALKER, Dallas 90 NT Canada 1:33.32
HAMEL, Marie-Charlotte 96 NT Canada 1:33.84
WILLIAM, Dansereau 96 NT Canada 1:33.08

200m Super Lifesaver


HAMEL, Sandrine 98 NT Canada 2:47.38
BAILER, Tyler 98 NT Canada 2:51.64
PEEK, Levi 00 NT Canada 2:51.83


WALKER, Dallas 90 NT Canada 2:53.60
PEEK, Cassandra 93 NT Canada 2:57.26
MORIN, Sarah-Laurence 95 NT Canada 2:58.64

     24. SEAV, Svetoslav 93 NT Canada 3:17.76

November 13, 2016|Lifesaving Sport News|

Golden Day at the Orange Cup for Team Canada on Day One

The Orange Cup is taking place in Eindhoven, Netherlands, the same venue that hosted the pool events of the 2016 Rescue world life saving championships. The event is host to teams from the United Kingdom, South Africa, the Czech Republic and Germany, to name a few. Canada’s team is represented by athletes from across the country and so far, we have one gold medal in the 200m Obstacle Race, raced by Sandrine Hamel (QC)

Here are the results from day one of competition:



HAMEL, Sandrine 98 NT Canada 2:21.39
PEEK, Levi 00 NT Canada 2:27.35
PLANTE, Ryan 99 NT Canada 2:33.80


HAMEL, Marie-Charlotte 96 NT Canada 2:29.22
MORIN, Sarah-Laurence 95 NT Canada 2:33.70
WILLIAM, Dansereau 96 NT Canada 2:26.63
SEAV, Svetoslav 93 NT Canada 3:10.28

4x50m Obstacles

NT Canada 1 NT Canada 2:05.94

       HAMEL, Sandrine 98 +0,56 30.65

      MORIN, Sarah-Laurence 95 +0,57 31.89

      HAMEL, Marie-Charlotte 96 +0,42 33.07

      WALKER, Dallas 90 +0,43 30.33

NT Canada 1 NT Canada 2:01.49

     WILLIAM, Dansereau 96 +0,66 30.73

     PLANTE, Ryan 99 +0,48 32.07

     PEEK, Levi 00 +0,26 29.09

     BAILER, Tyler 98 +0,54 29.60

Line Throw

NT Canada 1 NT Canada 12.54

     SEAV, Svetoslav 93

     PEEK, Levi 00

4x25m Manikin Relay

NT Canada 1 NT Canada 1:40.86

     WALKER, Dallas 90 50.50

     HAMEL, Sandrine 98 50.36

     PEEK, Cassandra 93

     HAMEL, Marie-Charlotte 96

NT Canada 1 NT Canada 1:41.93

     PEEK, Levi 00 47.86

     WILLIAM, Dansereau 96 54.07

     PLANTE, Ryan 99

     SEAV, Svetoslav 93

100m Manikin Tow


BAILER, Tyler 98 NT Canada 1:04.94
PLANTE, Ryan 99 NT Canada 1:12.02



November 12, 2016|Lifesaving Sport News|

Canada’s representative team for the 2016 European Tour

The Lifesaving Society Canada sport commission is pleased to announce the members of Canada’s representative team for the 2016 European Tour, which will include the Orange Cup in Eindhoven, Netherlands, to be held on Nov. 11-13, and the German Cup in Warendorf, Germany, to be held on Nov. 17-20. Canada is attending these events for a second consecutive year.

These individuals were selected based on performances at sanctioned events held from August 1st 2015 up to the 2016 Canadian Pool Lifesaving Championships. The team invitations were issued by the National Team selection committee following a call for applications from athletes from across the country.

The Representative Team athletes formally invited are:

Tyler BAILER (Wetaskiwin Orcas, Alberta)
Svetoslav SAEV (Montreal Sea Devils AQUAM, Québec)
Levi PEEK (Wetaskiwin Orcas, Alberta)
William DANSEREAU (Ottawa Valley Lifesaving Club, Ontario)
Ryan PLANTE (University of Lethbridge Max Bell Manta Rays, Alberta)
Sarah-Laurence MORIN (Montreal Sea DevilsAQUAM, Québec)
Dallas WALKER (University of Lethbridge Max Bell Manta Rays, Alberta)
Cassandra PEEK (Wetaskiwin Orcas, Alberta)
Sandrine HAMEL (Montreal Rouville Surf Club, Québec)
Marie-Charlotte HAMEL (Montreal Rouville Surf Club, Québec)

The Representative Team will be coached by Chantique PAYNE (Ontario) and managed by Jeff SCHULTZ (Ontario).

The Lifesaving Society Canada acknowledges the sponsorship and support of® in outfitting the Canadian National Team.® is the online store of the Lifesaving Society which provides a comprehensive selection of equipment and supplies required to operate safe aquatic facilities and training programs including CPR instruction – all guided by the Lifesaving Society’s 100 years of knowledge and experience as the lifeguarding experts.

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. The Society is the governing body for lifesaving sport – a sport recognized by the IOC and the Commonwealth Games Federation.

For more information and to interview members of Canada’s National Team, […]

October 10, 2016|Lifesaving Sport News, Media release|

National Teams wrap up their performances with hopes for top finishes.

The last day of the 2016 Lifesaving World Championships provided us with some exciting moments and hope for the future of the sport in Canada.

In the pool, Danielle Chang provided Canada with its first Youth National Team individual event final earning a 14th place and breaking her own Canadian record in the 100m manikin carry event. Although the relays did not go as planned with some disqualifications, the women’s manikin relay earned a 14th place while the men’s 4x50m rescue medley earned a 13th place.

Overall, the youth national team completed the championship with 118 points and a 15th place overall.

In the surf, Ali Ferguson picked up where she left, reaching finals in the oceanwoman and surf ski events earning a 15th place and 13th place respectively. On the beach, Dennis Cook recovered from an injury in the beach sprint event to reach the A finals of the beach flags event and subsequently earning a bronze medal, matching Dan Grbac’s success from the day before.

Thanks to those performances, as well as Canada’s oceanperson relay results for the women (10th place) and men (13th place), the open national team finished the Championships with a 13th place with 150 points, most of which were achieved on the beach or in the ocean.

Tomorrow is the start of the Interclub events. Stay tuned for results!

For a complete listing of results:

September 12, 2016|Lifesaving Sport News|

Canadian athlete performances gets them to finals and golden finishes.


After a well-deserved break our National Teams were back in action today and what a day it was. After a quiet start to the day, Ali Ferguson led the way with 8th place finishes in the Board Race and Board Rescue race with partner Carolyne Godon. Scott Southwood and James Verreault also had a great race earning a 13th place. The women’s rescue tube race earned points as well with a 14th place finish while the guys earned a 13th place.

Margot Cunningham will miss the last day of competition due to school but left the competition on a high note with a 14th place in the surf swim race.

But it is on the beach that Canada got the bulk of its points today thanks to B finals in the beach relays, 12th place for the women and 13th place for the men. The individual men beach sprint event was historic with not only one but two men reaching the A finals of the race. After an exciting final, Dan Grbac earned a bronze medal while Dennis Cook earned a 5th place.

In the pool, the youth team started the day with a bang earning a World Title in SERC event. Congratulations to McLean Reid, Levi Peek, Danielle Chang and Austin Jerke! The youth team then went on to qualify in the A finals for both the men and women line throw event earning 8th place points for the men and 6th place for the women. In the obstacles relay, the women earned a 12th place while the men earned a 16th place.

At the end of the day, Canada is now ranked 14th in both the Open and Youth category with one day left to the […]

September 11, 2016|Lifesaving Sport News|

National teams finish with personal best performances and new Canadian records.

Today was the last day of beach events for youth athletes and the last day of pool events for open athletes before a well-deserved break to enable teams to switch venues.

On the beach, the youth team primarily competed in individual events but completed the day strongly with a 12th and 13th place for the Oceanwoman and Oceanman relay respectively. Previously, some notable individual performances included Sandrine Hamel’s 11th place in the surf ski event and 13th place in the oceanwoman race. Canada also had a good day on the beach thanks to a 16th place by McLean Reid and a 12th place by Danielle Chang in the Beach Flags event.

At the pool, our open national team’s women led the way in the relays, earning a 14th place in the 4x50m medley relay as well as an 11th place, as well as smashing the Canadian record by 3 seconds, in the 4x25m manikin relay (Margot Cunningham, Carolyne Godon, Haylie Burton, Dallas Walker). In individual racing, Carolyne Godon dropped 3 seconds to her preliminary time in the 200m super lifesaver to earn a personal best and get the 11th place of the event.

At the change of venue, the Open National Team currently stands in 15th place while the Youth National Team is in 14th place.

For a complete listing of results, visit:

September 10, 2016|Lifesaving Sport News|

National team athletes hustle to finals at the pool and on the beach.

Day 2 – National Teams

Day 2 of the National Teams Championships kicked off concurrently at the beach for our Youth team and at the pool for our senior team. Our senior team had a great morning qualifying for B Finals in the 200m Obstacles Swim (Margot Cunningham), in the Line throw races (Dallas Walker/Margot Cunningham, Dennis Cook/Mackenzie Salmon) and in the Women’s 4x50m Obstacle Relay.

Our youth team reached the B Finals in all the team events at the beach in addition to great individual performances by Aidan Donald who reached the individual beach sprint B Finals and Sandrine Hamel who reached the Board race finals.

Margot Cunningham provided Canada with their first points of the day with a 16th place in the 200m Obstacles Swim. The women’s obstacles relay team then added to Canada’s score with an 11th place. The line throw teams both scored points as well thanks to an 11th place and 14th place for the women and men respectively.

Back on the beach, Canada’s first points came in a big way with Sandrine Hamel ranking 10th of the Women’s Board Race. Our rescue tube teams did well ranking 14th and 13th for the women and men respectively. On the board rescue, Jenna Kutash and Sandrine Hamel had a great final race ranking 12th overall while the duo of McLean Reid and Austin Jerke ranked also in the points with a 15th place. On the beach, Aidan Donald had a fantastic B final earning him a 13th place while both beach relays also did flawless runs earning a 13th place (Women) and 12th place (Men).

After this day of competition, Canada stands in 16th place at the pool (National Team) while they stand in 14th […]

September 8, 2016|Lifesaving Sport News|