Students to Compete in World Lifesaving Championships

May 21, 2008 - Campus Bulletin

Four members of the University of Guelph's swimming team have been named to Canada's National Lifesaving Team and will compete in the 2008 World Lifesaving Championships in Germany this summer.

Scott VanDoormaal, Jordan Duggan, Laura Kendall and Chantique Payne were named to the 12-member team by the National Lifesaving Society. The team will compete against 30 other nations July 20 to Aug. 2 in Berlin and Warnemünde. The team will be coached by Gryphon swimming head coach Don Burton.

The sport of Lifesaving is a unique combination of competitive swimming and timed, simulated rescue drills. Through swimming, use of rescue equipment, or performing manikin rescue, lifesaving sport tests the athlete’s speed, endurance, agility, coordination and strength.

The only sport developed on humanitarian principles, Lifesaving is recognized by the International Olympic Committee and the Commonwealth Games Federation.

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