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)


Sussex Mixed Pairs champions

Crawley Town Life Saving Club (CTLSC) triumphant brother and sister pairing, Iker and Amaia Lopez became Sussex County Junior RLSS Mixed Pairs champions when competing at the Windlesham School, West Sussex. They are pictured with county official Robin Akers and championship referee John Stainer.

The Mixed Pairs Championships is formed of three separate events, all designed to test the pairings actual ability to save life. In Simulated Emergency Rescue test, which has a 1.5 weighting, the pairs are judged on their ability to work together in order to affect the most efficient rescue on multiple casualties within a 90 second time limit.

Amaia and Iker performed remarkable well to finish second despite competing against much larger and stronger pairings. In the 50m swim and 50m tow Amaia, towing her brother, took on a mainly male field, splitting the Beacon entry when finishing just three seconds behind their A team and 0.3 seconds ahead of their B pairing. This left Iker to win the 10m line throw which he did convincingly to give CTLSC victory by just 0.5 point over Beacon A.

The championships were organised by Zoe Jones and John Stainer and supported by Trudie Peel.

If you would like to become part of the Crawley Town Life Saving Club successful team please come and join us on a Tuesday evening at K2 or alternatively you can find out more about the club by visiting their website.


Sussex Teams & Rookie Championships

Entries are now open to Sussex Teams & Rookie Championships on Sunday 10th March 2019. 12.00pm-3.00pm.

At Bede’s Senior School, Upper Dicker, East Sussex, BN27 3QH

Costs are £40 per team.


Frances 80th Birthday

Many congratulations to Frances Garrad who celebrated her 80th birthday earlier this year.

Frances has been a member of Worthing Town Lifesaving Club for many years.  She also invites Horsham Life Saving Club to her house during the summer so that they can use the beach behind her house for the Survive & Save Beach strand.

Frances celebrated her birthday at Donatello’s in Brighton with friends who had an amazing cake made for her!


RLSS Sussex Branch Dinner

On Saturday 10th November we held our RLSS Sussex Branch Dinner. This has been an annual event since we had a dinner to celebrate 125 of the RLSS UK in 2016.

We met at the White Hart Hotel in Lewes for a formal 3 course dinner.

A good night was had by every one that attended.


Centenary Award

At Our Sussex Branch Dinner Saturday night, the Centenary Award was presented to Lee Wright and Robin Akers by John Stainer.

Thank you both for your work within the Sussex Branch.


RLSS Sussex Branch AGM 2018

This year our AGM will be on 24th March at 10am at University of Sussex, Bramber House/Refectory Rd, Brighton BN1 9QU. Our new Community Drowning Prevention Coordinator Hannah Wgiggins-Bettles will be joining us, so come and introduce yourself.

The AGM will be followed by a free Safeguarding course with RLSS Certification of attendance for all Club Welfare Officers and any TA’s or Instructors or other Active Officers within Sussex that may wish to attend.