Team Canada in South Africa

Durban, South Africa, hosted the RLSS Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving from Aug. 10-13.

Team Canada, lead by Captain Lisa Brown, walked away with many personal best performances and three medals for the female squad. A bronze medal was won in the women’s 4 x 50-metre medley relay with a time of 1:52.57. Dallas Walker, Sarah Laurence-Morin, Manuelle Charbonneau and Lisa Brown edged out England to earn a podium finish. Manuelle Charbonneau also won a bronze medal in the 100-metre lifesaving medley with a time of 1:41.04
The silver lining came from Sarah Laurence-Morin in line throw. Her throw earned her a silver medal with a time of 20.42 seconds.
Veteran Lisa Brown provided this insight for future athletes: “Work hard. Always swim at 100% effort and leave it all in the pool. Respect your fellow athletes, officials and teammates. Learn from your mistakes. Even the best swimmers mess up. Fix it. Forget about it. Focus on the future. Have fun!”
She said being able to compete with girls half her age is an accomplishment. She hopes to keep going for a few more years.
Canada’s chef de mission, Barbara Costache, has attended every RLSS Commonwealth Championship since 2001 and this allowed her to witness the evolution of the RLSS Commonwealth event. She stated it took a few days for Team Canada to acclimatize to the time change and its new environment, but this squad worked well together and she couldn’t be prouder of its efforts and victories.
As Lifesaving Sport Canada is entering a rebuilding phase, with many young athletes are vying for a spot on the Canadian National Lifesaving Team for the 2018 World Lifesaving Championships, scheduled to take place in Adelaide, Australia from Nov. 16 to Dec. 2, 2018.

The Lifesaving Society Canada 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.

Full results from the 2017 RLSS Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving can be found here.