Lifesaving Sport

The Royal Life Saving Society UK is the National Governing Body for pool-based Lifesaving Sport - a sport recognised by the International Olympic Committee and the Commonwealth Games Federation. Lifesaving Sport is the only sport whose skills are first learned for humanitarian purposes.

As showcased in our new promotional video, Lifesaving Sport is a competitive and dynamic international sport, with a variety of fun and challenging activities that take place in and out of the water at swimming pools and the beach. It is also an important vehicle to engage young people in lifesaving and support drowning prevention. 

Members of Crawley Town Life Saving Club have recently undertaken four trial weekends covering six days in the pool and two days on the beach and as a result, have won some important selections for 2023 international competitions.

Their current club coach, Gary Lee, has been appointed as a GBR Advisor for the European Lifesaving Championships which will take place in Poland (Youth) and Belgium (Open) this summer. Also, Richard Jagger (record-breaking Crawley Town Masters competitor) has been appointed as England Team Manager for the Commonwealth Championships which take place in Canada this September.

Congratulations also go to Vanessa Eagland who has been appointed as Assistant Team Captain for Wales, and Oba Waiyaki who will represent Kenya as Team Manager.

Amaia Lopez has retained her place in the GBR European Youth team for Europeans whilst also gaining her first Open cap for England’s Commonwealth team after returning to her British record-breaking ways in the pool!

Also heading to Commonwealth to represent England this year are Abby Comline (Vice Captain), Sally Carter, Emily Goodwin and Emily Robson who will all make their debuts on the Women’s team. Jack Sadberry gained a place on the Men’s team after breaking a British record in his first year as an Open competitor.

There are also two Crawley Town members representing their own home nations - European bronze medallist, Alex Jackson, representing Wales and multi-record holder, Oba Waiyaki, will again be captaining and competing for Kenya.

The pool trials also proved to be a great success for Crawley Town Life Saving Club in general.

In Liverpool’s 50m pool at the RLSS UK National Speed Championships, the club won ten individual and six team titles, but, on this occasion, it was CTLSC’s Masters Ladies leading the way with Donna Wickens and Jennifer Amos winning two individual and five team golds with the support of Marsha Bayliss-Cutler and Vanessa Eagland, who also paired up to win a Line throw gold medal. CTLSC’s Masters, Richard Jagger, won both individual and team Line throw gold medals.

The Club’s most notable performance came from former GBR Youth Captain, Jack Sadberry, who when swimming in his first year of Open competition set a new British record in the 100m Manikin Carry with Fins in a time of 47.87 seconds. Crawley Town’s other individual gold medallist was Sally Carter in the gruelling and technically demanding Super Lifesaver.

Two weeks later the team travelled to Swansea, and successfully retained the SLS-GB Senior Aggregate Trophy at the British Stillwater Championships.