Club Support

As you know our AGM scheduled for this morning was postponed, as is much of life at the moment. However we still managed to hold our branch committee meeting via zoom, which was scheduled for after the AGM.

Following our meeting this morning we would like to reach out to clubs within our branch to offer any support we can. The branch feels very strongly that we must support our clubs in any way we can. Should you have any concerns or suggestions of how the branch can support clubs in this difficult time please email us.

One way in which we decided we can support clubs is to have an online get together. We have scheduled a RLSS UK Sussex Branch Club Support Meeting for Saturday 30th May at 10am for half hour. We invite all branch members to attend, whether you have a question or just want a chat. Most of the branch committee will be online and looking forward to see you. (Do not worry about you Corona-virus hair style! its effecting us all)

So we can manage this safely and securely please register your interest by completing the short form below.

Stay Safe

RLSS UK Sussex Branch


Rookie Activity Packs

Activity packs for rookies can now be downloaded from the branch website. These packs are produced by RLSS UK, a new pack will be uploaded every week day evening for the near future. They are a great way to keep rookies engaged while lifesaving activities are suspended.

Keep active & stay safe!


Competitions Postponed

Following advice from RLSS UK, Sussex Branch have reluctantly decided to cancel all Sussex Branch Competitions until further notice.

Please bear with us and stay safe!


RLSS Sussex Pairs and Rookie Pairs Lifesaving Championships 2019

You can now register for the RLSS Sussex Pairs and Rookie Pairs Lifesaving Championships 2019.

Date: Saturday 7th December 2019
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Cost: £20 per pair
Location: Eastbourne College, Old Wish Rd, Eastbourne BN21 4JY

Full details and enter a team HERE



You can now register for the postponed 2018 RLSS Sussex Pairs Lifesaving Championships.

Date: Sunday 10th November 2019
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Cost: £20 per pair
Location: Battle Abbey School Pool, Penland Rd, Bexhill-on-Sea, TN40 2JG

Ladies and Mens Competitors:

Pairs to consist of ladies or men (Aged 15+) from the same affiliated RLSS Sussex Group.

Mixed gender pairs may take part in the Men’s category

Enter here


CTLSC @ 2019 European Life Saving Championships

15 members of the Crawley Town Life Saving Club travelled to the magnificent pool and beach venues of Riccione, on Italy’s Adriatic coast, to compete in the European Life Saving Championships (National, Club and Masters competitions) held over a two week period. They returned triumphant with eight European titles, thirteen gold, 10 silver and three bronze medals.

Zara Williams, representing Great Britain Open Ladies in the National Championships, retained gold in her favoured 50m Manikin Carry event, but narrowly lost out to her French arch rival Magali Rousseau, by just twelve one hundredths of a second in the 100m Rescue Medley, so having to settle for silver. On the beach, she teamed up with her Crawley Town team mate, Marina Macartney, and two other ladies to win a team gold in the Rescue Tube Rescue. Marina also took a bronze with three other GBR team mates in the Ocean relay event.  Crawley Town’s Sam Lawman took gold on his GBR debut for the Open Men with three others in the beach relay. Sam also became an unexpected TV star when the film crew of Belgium’s version of Baywatch recognised his athletic appeal.  Also making his GBR debut was Alex Jackson who won bronze in the Youth Men’s 12.5m line throw event.

Zara Williams retains gold in 50m Manikin Carry @ The European Championships 2019

Zara, Marina and Sam helped the GBR Open team to achieve 4th place in the pool (162 point behind 3rd place France) but despite closing the gap on the beach by finishing 2nd (50 points behind France) they could not make up sufficient points to gain a podium place overall. France went on to win, 101 points in front of the Italians in second, with Germany finishing third, 156 points ahead of GBR, who were closely followed by Spain, 20 points behind in a field of 20 nations. In the Youth competition GBR finished in 7th place in the pool (362 points adrift of the winners Italy) and despite winning the beach by 37 points over France, the differential was too great for a podium place, so GBR finished 5th overall out of the 15 competing nations.

The European Club Lifesaving Club Championships immediately followed the International event, but despite little rest Zara proved she is a true champion when successfully defending both her European Club titles: 50m Manikin Carry and 100m Rescue Medley. She also took gold in the 12.5m line throw, for which she is the current British record holder, with her partner Marina, before the pair teamed up with Jayne Stallion and Jade Hand in the relays achieving their highest place 5th in the 4 x25m Manikin relay. By this stage Marina had already been involved in over twenty races but still found the energy to take bronze on the last day of the Club Championships in the 90m beach sprint. Equalling Zara’s line throw performance in the men’s championship, Crawley Town’s Martin Schofield with partner Mathieu Perrillon (a French International Open competitor making his debut for Crawley Town) convincingly won gold in the 12.5m line throw when beating their German rivals from the Gelsenkirchen-Buer club by over two seconds.

Club Open Men: Martin Schofield & Matheiu Perrillon win gold!

Crawley Town’s Youth Ladies team featuring Jessica Hancock, Keira Narraway, Emily Hurst and Georgia Blenkley, made all three relay finals finishing 6th in the 4x25m Manikin Carry, 7th in the 4x50m Medley and 8th in the 4x50m Obstacle relay. Georgia also made the 12.5m line throw final with partner Emily, and Jessica finished 8th in her Individual Rescue Medley event.

Going into the Championships, Crawley Town was ranked third top Open club in Europe. However, its inability to field any Open Men’s relay teams meant their ranking has dropped to 6th best Open Pool team and 23rd Open Beach team, so dropping their overall ranking to 11th best club in a field of 33 other European teams. In the Youth Championships, Crawley Town could only field a Ladies Pool team, which gained a 15th ranking for the Pool and 20th overall, out of 30 competing teams.

Finally, Crawley Ladies Masters team of Donna Wickens, Maureen Fakley, Jennie Amos and Janet Dell, had a ball in the pool when being the oldest combined-aged Ladies team they brought home two silvers in the 4x25m Manikin and 4x50m Medley relays. Individually, Donna had the most success by winning a gold, three silvers and a bronze, followed by Janet with a gold and three silvers, with Jennie a gold and two silvers, and Maureen two silvers.

Open & Youth team: Left to right: Gary Lee, Jayne Stallion, Marina Macartney, Zara Williams, Martin Schofield, Jessica Hancock, Mathieu Perrillon, Keira Narraway, Emily Hurst, Georgia Blenkley & Jade Hand.

The 2019 European Lifesaving Championships was the warm-up for next year’s World Championships ”Rescue 2020” which is to be held at the same venue at around the same time, so if you are interested in attending please come and join the team at K2 on a Tuesday evening from 8.00pm to 10.00. Finally Crawley Town would like to thank Everyone Active at the K2 Sports Centre for their continue support and encouragement of Lifesaving Sport through Crawley Towns international competitors.

CTLSC Competition Manager


Sussex Branch Dinner 2019

The Birch Hotel

This year The RLSS Sussex Branch Dinner will be held on Saturday 16th November at
The Birch Hotel,
Lewes Road,
Haywards Heath,
RH17 7SF.

Meeting at 7pm, all Sussex Branch members, partners and families are invited to the formal dinner. Dress code is smart, no jeans or trainers, ties preferred.Why not make a whole evening of it and stay the night and join us for breakfast!

We have negotiated special room prices of only £90 for one staying in a double room and just £99 for 2 in a double room. Rooms should be booked directly through the hotel quoting RLSS1611 when you book.

Book your place for the dinner and see the full menu


Commonwealth Championships

The Crawley Town Life Saving Club has been reward for its record breaking performances over recent years with 15 of its members being selected to represent their country at the following two major international championships;

Great Britain will be sending both Youth and Open teams to the fore coming European National Team Championships being held during September at the magnificent sports complex in the coastal resort of Riccione on the eastern side of Italy. Each team will consist six female and six male members and compete in over 30 events, half held in a Olympic Pool and half off the Adriatic beaches.

Crawley’s only youth selection Alex Armstrong will be making his first appearance in a GBR cap. Likewise also gaining his first cap in the Open Men’s team will be Sam Lawman. Internationally experienced Marina Macartney will be teaming up with team mate Zara Williams current world 50m Carry and 100m Rescue Medley champion for both National and club team championships. Crawley Town coach Gary Lee will once again be the GBR Pool Coach.

The RLSS Commonwealth Festival of Sport taking place during November in Leeds John Charles Olympic pool will involve only Open competitors competing in both National and National development teams championship. Each team will feature five female and five male lifesavers. Representing the National Team will be Marina Macartney, Richard Jagger, Sam Lawman, Ben Taylor Walsh, and Andrew Morley while representing the National Development team will be James Warren with Martin Schofield substitute for both the National and National Development teams. Gary Lee has returned as head coach with Richard supporting him in this role.

Ladies Commonwealth Ladies champion Zara Williams has elected to represent Wales on this occasion. Luisa Petra and Alex Jackson will also be representing Scotland and Wales respectively while Oba Waiyaki will once again be captaining the quickly improving Kenya team.

Iker and Amaia Lopez , taking silver at the South East Region Junior Pair Championships.

Meanwhile locally the Lopez brother and sister pairing of Iker and Amaia continue to develop their competitive skills when taking silver at the South East Region Junior Pair Championships. Their next challenge will be even more demanding when they compete in September for a place at the National Life saving finals in the Senior Boys category.

The Crawley Town Life Saving Clubs goal is to turn bystanders into life savers and for those of a competitive nature into International swimmers, so all are welcome to join them at the K2 on a Tuesday evening from 8.00pm to 10.00.

CTLSC Competition Manager


Zara Williams retains her Italian titles

Current four world title holder “Zara Williams” was invited by the Italian Life Saving Federation to Rome’s to compete in their magnificent Olympic outdoor Pool so that she could defend her two Italian titles held since 2017. The magnificent pool complex comprises both indoor and outdoor Olympic pools, with additional outdoor diving pit and 25m pool, so it’s of no surprise the Italians are currently ranked as Europe’s number one when it comes to pool lifesaving competition, making Zara’s victories all the more special.

Zara William retains her Italian “50m Manikin Carry” and “100m Rescue Medley” titles

Representing the Crawley Town Life Saving Club, Zara easily won the Ladies 50m Manikin Carry in a time of 33.93 seconds which was just over a second quicker than her nearest rival. While Zara was a little disappointed with her time, consideration needs to be given to the hot, humid condition and subsequent warm pool water, a pool depth of 2.2m along with her final being delayed by 30 minutes late into the evening due to a heavy rain storm. The following day Zara repeated her performance in the 100m Rescue Medley when again winning by over a second in a time of 70.71 seconds. This demanding event requires athletes to sprint 50ms, before turning to swim 17.5m underwater to collect a manikin from the bottom and carry it the remaining 32.5m to the pool end.

Zara will be returning to Italy in September to race in one of her favourite pools in the Adriatic coastal resort of Riccione at the European National and Club team championships which is being used as a warm-up for next year’s World Life Saving Championships Rescue 2020 at which Zara will be defending her four titles while trying to regain her World Record.

Zara can be seen preparing for these Championships with the Crawley Town Life Saving Club most Tuesday nights at Crawley’s K2 Sports Centre 50m pool between 9 and 10 pm.

CTLSC Competition Manager
01293 544324 (B)


2019 SLSGB Youth, Open & Master National Pool Life Saving Championships – Cardiff

Crawley Town Life Saving Club Open team retained Surf Life Savings GB Open Pool National Championships title for the fourth consecutive year taking their total number of title wins to six so making them unquestionably the most successful team ever to compete at theses championships. In addition Crawley Towns Youth team finished second with the Crawley Masters achieving their best ever result when coming third.

The total medal haul was; 51 Golds, 20 Silver and 32 bronzes with Sam Lawman being Crawley Town’ Open highest medal winner with 7 golds. In the Youth it was Sam Murray won 3 golds, 1 silver and 3 bronze and for the Masters Donna Wickens who currently holds 6 British Masters records with 4 individual golds.

Crawley Town picked-up 9 Open national individual titles through; Marina Macartney – 50m Manikin Carry, 100m Manikn Carry with Fins and 100m Manikin Tow with Fins, Samual Lawman – 50m Manikin Carry, 100m Rescue Medley, 100m Manikin Carry with Fins and 100m Manikin Tow with Fins and Richard Jagger in the 200m Super Life Saver. For the Youth 3 individual titles via; Sam Murray U19 – 100m Rescue Medley and 200m Super Lifesaver, Keira Narraway U15 – 100m Manikin Carry with Fins. The Masters 10 individual titles came from Donna Wickens (50-54 age group) – 100m Obstacles. 50m Manikin Carry, 100m Rescue Medley Relay, 100m Manikin Tow with Fins, Pamela Shaw (55-59) 100m Obstacles, 50m Manikin Carry and 100m Manikin Carry with Fins plus Jennifer Amos (55-59) and Richard Jagger (30-34) in 100m Manikin Tow with fins and 100m Obstacles respectively.

Crawley Towns top team, the Youth U17 Girls comprising Georgia Blenkley, Tara Karim, Brooke Mickel and Frankie Phillips who took all three relay titles along with 12 golds in the 4x50m Obstacles, 4x25m Manikin Tow and 4x50m Medley. The Boys U19 team comprising Alex Jackson, Sam Murray, Gerasimas Vuliyerys and Joe Woollard won the Manikin relay but had to be content with bronze in both the Obstacle and Medley relays. The Girls U15 team of Emily Hurst, Amaia Lopez, Keira Narraway and Sadie Phillips took silver and bronze in the Manikin & Medley relays respectively. Sadly the two U15 boys of Iker Lopez and Max Morgan did not have a team however their top 16 performances certainly helped the Youth team achieve 904 points needed for second place overall. Crawley Town Open win was remarkable when considering they could not swim a lady relay team, expect for the drawn mixed Lifesaver relay, which Marina, Jade joined Andrew Morley and Sam Lawman for a comfortable win. Crawley Men consisting; Alex Jackson, Richard Jagger, Sam Lawman, Andrew Morley, Sam Murray, Martin Schofield, Dan Seagrove-Castle, Warren James and Joe Woollard swam two teams “A” & “B” with the following medal placings; Obstacle – “A” gold, Manikin “A” gold & “B” bronze, Medley (Championship Blue Ribbon event) “A” gold & “B” silver. Crawley Town’s Mixed Masters Relay teams involving Jennifer Amos, Richard Jagger, Gary Lee, Pamela Shaw and Donna Wickens gave away far too many years in the 30+ category to medal but still managed top 6 placing in all three relays.

A special mention must go to Crawley Town 83 year old Master who when competing in the Ladies 60+ age group achieved a personal best in the 100m Manikin Tow with fins by some 30 seconds and Andrew Morley who became the first Crawley Town male swimmer to break the 24 second barrier for a straight 50m Free Style. Also the ever hard working Richard Jagger who successfully competed in both Open & Masters on the same day to ensure Crawley Town achieve maximum points.

Crawley Town LSC will now start to prepare for this year’s European Youth and Open Club Championships taking place in Riccione, Italy during September. Please visit Crawley Town Life Saving Club’s website.

Gary Lee – 01293 544324 (B)