GBR Lifesaving Squad 2018

GBR High Performance Lifesaving is pleased to introduce the 2018 GBR Lifesaving Squad, congratulations to all those selected!

Open Squad

  • Charlie Haynes – Portreath
  • Dan Humble – Trigg Island
  • Richard Jagger – Crawley Town
  • Sam Lawman – Crawley Town
  • Ashley Lewis – Penybont
  • David Miller – Woolacombe
  • Marcus Or – Hayle
  • Chris Parry – Aberavon
  • Lewis Rosewell – Portreath
  • Ben Taylor-Walsh – Leeds Phoenix
  • Martin Schofield – Crawley Town
  • Simon Worne – Crawley Town
  • Devon Amos – Crawley Town
  • Amy Barron – Mount Maunganui
  • Siobhan Casey – Loughborough
  • Emily Corin – Hayle
  • Maia Garner – Portreath
  • Emma Henderson
  • Mali James – Mumbles
  • Jasmine Mann – Newquay
  • Lily Nichols – Woolacombe
  • Anya Piotrowicz – Portreath
  • Summer Whiteley – Woolacombe
  • Zara Williams – Crawley Town

Youth Squad

  • Euan Dungavel – Gyllyngvase
  • Ioan Evans – Rest Bay
  • Jack Field – Beacon
  • Louis Garner – Portreath
  • Elliot Key – Beacon
  • Steven Lewis – Portreath
  • Odhran Mallon – Belfast Olympia
  • Sam Norton – Gyllynvase
  • Piran Phillips – Portreath
  • Bob Whittaker – Woolacombe
  • Joseph Woollard – Crawley Town
  • Rhys Wydenbach – Penybont
  • Rosie Boulton – Gyllyngvase
  • Abigail Carson – Penybont
  • Meriel Clode – Southern Down
  • Sinead Gourley – Belfast Royal
  • Jessica Hancock – Crawley Town
  • Freya Hocking – Gyllyngvase
  • Emma Kendall – Portreath
  • Ellie McCloy – Rest Bay
  • Grace Morgan – Rest Bay
  • Ellie Peterson – Vale
  • Olivia Sayer – Woolacombe

The 2018 GBR Squad has been selected by the GBR coaches based on consistent high performance and results from the 2017 season.

The aim of the squad is to assemble the best British athletes, who demonstrate a commitment to their training, year-round, who will be monitored for progress against agreed targets, can support each other through training and from which the representative teams will be chosen.

  • All Open athletes will be asked to declare they are willing and available to compete in Australia or they will not be considered for the Squad
  • All Youth athletes will be asked to declare that they are willing and available for either or both European Youth and/or World Youth teams or they will not be considered for the Squad
  • All GBR squad athletes will be a British Citizen / hold a British Passport
  • Athletes must be an individual member of either SLSGB or RLSS UK

GBR encourages all Squad athletes to seek opportunity to race as much as possible to gain experience, knowledge, test skills, and be able to provide consistent and regular results.

The GBR teams for both Youth European Championships in Ireland and World Championships in Adelaide will be selected from the GBR Lifesaving squad by a committee of appointed selectors working in partnership with the Manager and coaches based on an athlete’s commitment, attitude, ability, potential and results. Both the Youth team for Ireland and Australia and the Open Team for Australia will be selected in July, to allow time for athletes to raise funds to travel and to train together. Only GBR Lifesaving squad athletes will be eligible for selection to the team and there will be no appeals process. Team selection will be made by the GBR coaches with two invited independent selectors. The process will be observed by the GBR Manager ensuring that the selectors observe all criteria, reference results submitted and make predictions on results to be achieved by the selected athlete.

Additional athletes can be invited to enter the Squad between May and July based on National level results in 2018 from RLSS Speeds, SLSGB Stillwaters and a programme of Ocean Test events including the three GBR Tests and the two regional events between Cornwall/Devon/Wales. This will allow a route to athletes who excel in the pool and on the beach in 2018 to be benchmarked against the current Squad. Athletes who demonstrate excellent form over and above current Squad members will be invited to declare their availability for International events and if available will be asked to join the Squad based on the terms of engagement.

The Ocean Test events are necessary as it is felt that the SLSGB Nationals in September are too late in the calendar to give the team enough time to train together and athletes time to raise the considerable funds needed to travel.

The Selectors and Selection Criteria will be announced shortly.

In 2018 and going forward, the onus is on the athletes to make themselves seen and known, be responsible for their training programme and race as often as possible.

The Ocean Test events are:

  • 12 May – GBR Test 1, Carbis Bay, Cornwall (open declaration process for all athletes)
  • 16 June – Cornwall v Devon v Wales, Croyde, Devon (athletes will be invited to represent a region by the respective region sport committee)
  • 17 June – GBR Test 2, Croyde, Devon (open declaration process for all athletes)
  • 7 July – Cornwall v Devon v Wales, Branksome Chine, Dorset (athletes will be invited to represent a region by the respective region sport committee)
  • 8 July – GBR Test 3, Branksome Chine, Dorset (open declaration process for all athletes)

Declarations for GBR Test 2 and GBR Test 3 will be opened this weekend.

RLSS wish all selected GBR Squad Athletes a fit and strong season ahead.