Lifesaving Sport Commonwealth Championships England

England are pleased to offer the opportunity for athletes, coaches and team managers to attend the Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving.

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5 June 2017

I am extremely pleased to be able to announce the full squad ahead of the Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving later this year. We have a fantastic team of athletes representing Team England; a great mix of people, some with huge amounts of International experience and some who are newer to the sport. I’m confident everyone will be pushing the competition further than ever before and well done to everybody who has made the squad!

Matt Jagger – England Team Manger

Richard Jagger

Excited to be competing at my 5th Commonwealth Championships over the last 10 years, chance to finally bring home the only gold medal from the collections. Will be good to go out and give the Aussies something to think about.

Sam Lawman

Being selected to represent England for the second time is an amazing honour. I just want to get out there and do our country proud.

Andrew Morley

I am excited to be a part of Team England and represent my country at the Commonwealth Festival. I look forward to competing with and against international athletes from around the world.


Ben Taylor-Walsh

It’s a privilege to have been chosen to compete for the National squad for England in the Commonwealth Lifesaving Competition in South Africa. I hope to do myself and England proud.

Rachel Carroll

Thrilled at the opportunity to represent England at my second Commonwealth Lifesaving Champs, making the step up from the Development team to the National team, can’t wait to get to Durban and show the rest of the Commonwealth what we’ve got!

Lucy Howes

It is a pleasure to represent the England Team again and I cannot wait to compete in South Africa.

Beth Little

I’m really excited to represent my home country on a big stage but sharing it with some of my closest friends adds all the more excitement

Jess Parker

I am excited to represent England, as it is a team I have aspired to be a part of for four years. I have had a great year so far in Lifesaving, and I can’t wait to compete in South Africa and continue with my success!

James Blaby

South Africa presents an exciting opportunity to compete overseas against some of the top athletes in the sport whilst representing England.

Sam Kirkland

The Commonwealth festival in South Africa will be my first opportunity to compete for Team England! I’m excited to be part of the team and to see where the competition will take my Lifesaving sport career, hopefully I’ll land some PB’s and the trip will be a big success.

Adam Threlfall

I am very happy to have been selected for the England Commonwealth Lifesaving team in 2017. This is the second time I have been selected to represent the team. I have been doing Lifesaving sport for 6 years now and have competed on an International level since 2012 when I was selected for RLSS UK Performance Squad. I can’t wait to get out to South Africa and compete alongside some of the individuals I’m usually competing against.

Martin Schofield

I am excited to swim for the England squad. It gives me the opportunity to gain experience on an international stage and compete with the best in the Commonwealth.

Emelye Sanders

I am honoured to be representing Team England at the Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving. It is such an exciting opportunity to be competing against the best Lifesaving athletes in the Commonwealth.

Beth Chandler

I am honoured and excited to have been given this fantastic opportunity to travel across the World and swim with some amazing competitors and friends as part of Team England.

Emily Field

I am excited to have such a fantastic opportunity to represent my country within the sport I love.

Vicky Threlfall

I’m looking forward to representing England in my first commonwealth championships in South Africa.

Elliot Key

I am so excited to be representing Team England in the sport I have been part of for the last 5 years.

Cadie Chandler

I’m excited to gain valuable international experience and make some great memories with fantastic friends and competitors.

24 May 2017

We can confirm that Laura Purcell and Simon Worne are the new Coaches for the England Commonwealth Team!

Laura Purcell, England Coach

Laura Purcell

Laura Purcell

Laura “I’m extremely excited to take on this role as England coach! It’s a great opportunity for me and I feel honoured to be taking some of the best Lifesaving athletes from across the country to compete and represent England!”

Simon Worne

Simon Worne

Simon Worne, England Coach

“I have been involved in lifesaving over 10 years, for 7 of which I have been competing internationally for GB and England. Going into the 2017 Commonwealths, I am also the current overall commonwealth male champion. I’m hoping I can transfer my knowledge into this year’s team!”

14 March 2017

Following a comprehensive and structured process, The Royal Life Saving Society UK are delighted to confirm Matt Jagger as England manager for the upcoming Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving.

Matt Jagger

Matt Jagger

Matt said, “I am extremely excited to be able to manage the England squad later this year as part of the Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships in Durban, South Africa.”

“My role will be to make sure during the lead up that we are prepared and organised and then whilst competing making sure that we perform to our best, but also having a really enjoyable trip.”

Many will remember Matt being involved in Lifesaving Sport as an athlete, before his move into team management at Leeds Phoenix Lifesaving Club.

It is an exciting time for the Commonwealth Championships, The new-look festival aims to encourage participation and lifesaving development, and to bring together the lifesaving family. An individual skill element and a non-competitive sports development section have been introduced, in addition to the more tradition Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships.

“You will soon be able to register your interest to compete via the RLSS website and I strongly  encourage anybody who is interested in applying.”

Matt Jagger – England Team Manger