Team Selection New ZealandPhoto credit: Klara Needler, Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service (missing Dan Grbac)

The Lifesaving Society Canada sport commission is pleased to announce the members of Canada’s representative team for the 2017 DHL International Surf Rescue Challenge in Mount Manganui Beach, New Zealand, to be held on November 26 – December 4, 2017. These individuals were selected based on performances at the 2017 Canadian Surf Lifesaving Championships. The team invitations were issued by the National Team selection committee following a call for applications from across the country.

Canada’s National Team Members:

Sandrine HAMEL (QUEBEC)

Marie-Helene PAQUETTE (QUEBEC)

Carlin REID (ONTARIO)

Kathleen BELLIVEAU (NOVA SCOTIA)

Scano Hewa BATUWITAGE (ONTARIO)

Claudine COURTEAU-GODMAIRE (ONTARIO)

Dan GRBAC (ONTARIO)

Didier DUPAS (QUEBEC)

Dimitri JEAN (QUEBEC)

Gabriel BOUCHARD-ROY (QUEBEC)

Scott DAY (NOVA SCOTIA)

Alternates: Alex-Ann TOUCHETTE, Laurie DEPAULT

The team will be coached by Jason CROSS (NOVA SCOTIA) and managed by Shanna REID (ONTARIO).

These Championships event rules are consistent with those in the ILS Competition Manual and shall be conducted in both male and female categories.

While the championships are underway, updates on Canadian performances will be posted to here. Pictures and results will be posted to the sport commission’s Facebook page. Select pictures will also be published on Instagram @lifesavingsport.

Lifesaving sport is the only sport that has been developed based on humanitarian principles. The Lifesaving Society– Canada’s lifeguarding expert – is the National Sport Organization (NSO) for lifesaving sport in Canada and is recognized by the International Olympic Committee and the Commonwealth Games Federation.

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 further information, contact: Martin Leprohon, Sport Commissioner.