Welcome to Team England’s page in preparation for the Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving 2019.

Information on the Commonwealth Championships:

The Commonwealth Championships for National Teams will form the elite element of the Festival, where National Teams compete to become the Commonwealth Lifesaving Champions.

The Development Championship will be conducted to develop both nations and individual competitors in the skills of lifesaving sport and future international events. Both of these overall Championships will be conducted on a point score basis.

The Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships are open to one National Team and one Development Team per nation. A team may consist of a minimum of one competitor and a maximum of five female and a maximum of five male competitors (totalling ten), in addition to any non-competitive management or coaching personnel. It is not mandatory to have both male and female competitors on a team. Teams may not increase the number of male or female competitors beyond five.

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The application process for Competitors: CLOSED. 

RLSS UK would like to receive a confirmation of interest from athletes who would like to be considered for selection to represent Team England in the RLSS Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving.

Dates: 21 November – 23 November 2019 (travel dates to be confirmed nearer the time)

Location: the John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds, UK

If interested

Please note the application closed on the 30 April 2019. 

Selection Criteria

Representation of our best athletes at prestigious international competitions is important to RLSS UK.

  • The Team Manager and Team England coaches will select the team assisted by the RLSS UK Performance programme director.
  • The selection is final and no appeals will be considered.
  • Team size: 5 male / 5 female in each team (10 performance team / 10 development Team)
  • Athletes will be selected for the team based on previous national and international competition results (both lifesaving sport and the national lifesaving championships).
  • Athletes will be selected based on their submitted results and their athletic record in the race disciplines
  • All declared results will be checked and verified by RLSS UK
  • Selected Athletes will be invited to attend RLSS UK training events prior to travel to the competition. The training events are designed to maximise on team ability, and ensure the athletes maintain fitness.
  • All athletes declaring for team selection will be notified that their declarations have been received
  • RLSS UK will review athletes subject to interest shown, and results obtained through the National Speed Lifesaving Championships and announce the team at the end of May.
  • If athletes have swam in the performance (national) team before they cannot be in the development team. Athletes who have competed in the development team previously are permitted to compete in the development team again.
  • Athletes have to be at least 16yrs by 31/12/2019.


This competition is self-funded.

The Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving is likely to cost approx. £500 (estimate) to cover competition entry, closing ceremony, travel, accommodation, food & kit.

Athletes selected for the Teams will be required to pay an initial deposit of £100 within 7 days of the squad announcement and the full payment must be paid to RLSS UK by 31/08/2019. RLSS UK is working hard to reduce costs through sponsorship.

Meet the England Team

Ben Stevens - England Team Manager


Ben started Beacon Lifesaving Club 9 years ago and since then has been the driving force to the clubs success. Ben has been involved in numerous Couty, Regional, National and International competitions as Competitor and Team Manager. Ben says: “I’m looking forward to working alongside some of lifesavings best coaches/athletes from England. I’m excited to be given the opportunity to create the best environment possible for the team to achieve top results.”

Gary Lee – Team Coach


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 Jagger – Team Coach


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 Field - Team Coach

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.