Canadians to haul home 33 medals from the Masters World Lifesaving Championships in Germany

    OTTAWA, Aug. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Ottawa's St. Laurent Lifesaving Team will
haul home a heap of overweight luggage when they touch down in Canada upon
return from the Masters World Lifesaving Championships (Rescue 2008) in
Germany this weekend.
    Collectively, the team will bring home an impressive collection of
33 medals comprised from 13 gold, 8 silver and 12 bronze.
    St. Laurent team member Carla St-Germain reports that "after three days
of beach competitions, the team had already earned an impressive 21 medals;
and have now added another three courtesy of pool events, making them the
highest performing team on the beach after Day 1, with 24 medals."
    The teams ability to build upon their success and add to their medal
count did not diminish as the competition continued, with the St-Laurent
Lifesaving Team earning 1 more bronze and 2 more golds in addition to the
setting of a new world record by Tony Zezza in the 50m manikin carry. With
27 medals to their collective credit, the team went on to collect a half dozen
more during the final day of pool events.
    Carla added that "Dan Bérubé joined the likes of Tony Zezza, as a world
recorder holder, following the 100m manikin tow with fins event". Upon
conclusion of competition, the teams total medal breakdown is 21 medals earned
during beach events; and 12 medals earned in the pool.
    Ontario's own Perry Smith took a silver in Line Throw and a Bronze in
100 m Tow with fins. Canadian master Jim Wright (not a St. Laurent team
member) has won two bronze and two gold medals for Canada.
    Ottawa's St. Laurent Lifesaving Club members are: (men) Daniel Bérubé
(head coach), Tony Zezza (assistant coach), Jacques Morissette, Andy Shelp,
Doug Lloyd, Philippe Lemire, Oliver Gomes; (women) Carla St. Germain, Shelley
Demkiw, Christine Wagg, Donna Woodman, Christine Sutcliffe, Sue Kelly, Kristy
Fleet, Nathalie Vallières Loy (team manager).
    The World Lifesaving Championships encompass three distinct championships
- National Teams, Interclub and Masters.
    The World Lifesaving Championships (Rescue 2008) are sanctioned by the
International Life Saving Federation. Lifesaving sport - the only sport
developed on humanitarian principles - is recognized by the International
Olympic Committee and the Commonwealth Games Federation. The Lifesaving
Society - Canada's lifeguarding expert - is the governing body for lifesaving
sport in Canada.

    About the Lifesaving World Championships

    Every two years the International Life Saving Federation organizes World
Lifesaving Championships composed of ocean, pool and simulated emergency
events for:

       - National Teams
       - Interclub Teams
       - Masters

    Open World Lifesaving Championships may also include Surfboats and
Inflatable Rescue Boat Championships. The world championships attracted over
3,000 athletes and officials. The championships and meetings of the
International Life Saving Federation are organized under the "Rescue" series
title and scheduled over 14 days.
    The Lifesaving Society Canada hosted the inaugural event - "Rescue '86" -
in Vancouver. Rescue 2008 concludes this week in Germany. Rescue 2010 is
slated for Cornwall in the United Kingdom.
    Standings and results are posted on the Rescue 2008 website at:

    About the Lifesaving Society

    The Lifesaving Society, Canada's lifeguarding experts for the past 100 
years, is a national, volunteer organization and registered charity whose
mandate is drowning prevention. The Society's programs include: Learn to Swim,
Lifesaving, Lifeguarding, Lifesaving Sport, Water Smart(R) Public Education,
Research, First Aid and Boat Operator Accredited Training (BOAT). The
Lifesaving Society remains the leader in lifeguard training, and in 2008 will
provide training and certification to over 500,000 nationally.

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For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact: Mr.
Simon Rolfe, Manager of In-House Marketing Projects, Lifesaving Society
National Office, (613) 746-5694 ext 27, or visit

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