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. 

The Wilkinson Sword is presented to an RLSS UK official who has, over a number of years, assisted at all levels of competition. This must include the RLSS UK National competitions.

The Dorothy Cadbury Trophy is awarded to a competitor who has excelled in Lifesaving Sport, over a number of years and continues to be a good ambassador for both the sport and the charity.

Both awards will be announced and presented at the RLSS UK National Lifesaving Championships 2024 Finals on Saturday 2 November at John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds.


Regions, Branches and Clubs are asked to nominate individuals for the Wilkinson Sword and the Dorothy Cadbury Trophy 

Make a Nomination for the Wilkinson Sword

Make a Nomination for the Dorothy Cadbury Trophy

Previous Winners

Previous recipients of these awards