This summer, Loughborough Students Lifesaving Club were proud to announce that three of their athletes had been selected to represent England in the Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving in Durban, South Africa.

Andrew Morley, Sam Kirkland and James Blaby were selected for the UK RLSS National Performance Squad earlier in the year, and since have put in lots of hard work in preparation for Commonwealths and it paid off! In total, the guys brought home 10 medals for Team England for both the National and Development Teams.

Andrew Morley, who represented the National Team, got an Individual Bronze and a Bronze in the Carry Relay before storming through in the Medley Relay to get a Gold whilst securing a British Record in the process! Representing the Development Team, Sam Kirkland and James Blaby also had fantastic performances. Kirkland won 3 individual medals (2 Silver, 1 Bronze) and James took an Individual Gold. Both boys also brought in the Gold in the Carry Relay. The final placing’s for the speed events in the Commonwealth Team Championship concluded with the English National Team coming in 3rd place and the English Development Team in 2nd!

With the swimming events concluded, all three of our athletes performed to top standard in the Individual First Aid Scenarios. In the Dry scenario, Morley came 2nd for the National Squad with Kirkland coming 4th in Development. Blaby proved his ability coming 1st in the Dry and 4th in the Wet Scenario!

All three Loughborough athletes have demonstrated their fantastic all around Lifesaving ability on an amazing international stage.

The whole of the English Lifesaving Team are proud of what they have achieved in South Africa, and so are their supporters. A huge congratulations once again from Loughborough Students Lifesaving Club to the whole team, especially our purple army boys!