The Royal Life Saving Society UK is delighted to confirm Gary Lee, Richard Jagger and Rhianna Field and as England’s coaching team for the upcoming Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving.

Gary has been instrumental in developing lifesaving sport in the UK. In 1970, he won his first Life Saving gold
medal and has been Crawley’s Lifesaving Sport Coach since 1977. Over this time Gary has produced numerous National Champions, British record holders, European record holders, eight World Champions and two World Record holders. He attended his first Rescue World championships in 1986 and has been involved with the England Commonwealth team for the 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2013 Commonwealth Championships.

Richard has been competing in lifesaving for the last 22 years and has competed internationally for the last 14 years. He has competed at the last five Commonwealth Championships (winning the top male for the last Commonwealth Festival) and has represented GBR at the last three major championships, winning World and European titles. Richard is looking forward to taking a slightly different role at the upcoming championships and providing as much support to the athletes as he can.

Rhianna has been a competitive swimmer and lifesaver from a young age, competing at county, regional and national levels. To date, her highlight was competing for her home club Beacon at the 2016 World Lifesaving Championships held in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Rhianna is studying a Sport and Exercise degree at Loughborough University and is currently on a placement year with Loughborough Sport as an Exercise Physiologist. Rhianna is currently Head Coach for Loughborough University Lifesaving Club.

Athletes who are interested in representing England at the Commonwealth Championships will be asked to register their interest shortly.

For more information about the Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving, please visit the website.