Kenya Lifesaving Federation holds National Lifesaving Championships
Lifesaving sport is a relatively new sport in Kenya and in
June our Member Branch, the Kenya Lifesaving Federation (KLF) held their National
Lifesaving Championships at St Austins Academy. Nine clubs were represented with over 100
competitors taking part. A total of 79 races
took place during the day which included manikin carry and tow, obstacle swim,
line throw and manikin and medley relay events.
Although the majority of participants were young the levels of skill
shown by many were above average and shows how lifesaving sport is developing
within the country as more coaches and competitors become aware of the sport.
Teams taking part in the Championships were: Kabarak
University, Loreto Convent Valley Road, St Austins Academy , Kenya Lifesaving
Federation - Nairobi branch, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Falcon Lifesaving Club, Nakuru County Lifesaving
Unit, Loreto Convent Msongari and Hydra Sport Swimming Club
One of the barriers to
participating in lifesaving sport is the cost of the equipment but KLF are a
superb example that when developing lifesaving sport you can use improvised
equipment; modified “swim noodles” are used as rescue tubes and 20 litre, 5
litre and 1 litre jerry cans as manikins
At the end of the Championships the
top three teams were:
1st Loreto Convent Valley Road
2nd Nakuru County Lifesaving Unit
3rd St Austins Academy
At the end of the Championships KLF thanked all participants,
coaches and officials for the support and passion they share in promoting
lifesaving skills and lifesaving sport in the country.
Our congratulations go to all at KLF on hosting such a successful
Rashtriya Life Saving Society holds first ever seminar on lifesaving in India
Our congratulations go to the Rashtriya Life Saving Society (RLSS India) who in
partnership with the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture
held the first ever seminar on lifesaving in India titled “Saving Lives and
Building Communities” at the beginning of June 2014.
The objectives of the seminar were to create a structured
process to support lifesaving activity and educate safety consciousness amongst
the population, discuss global methods to reducing deaths by drowning with a view
to adopting some of these methods, to seek views of corporate organisations on
possible Corporate Society Responsibility (CSR) roles in saving lives and the
impact it has and will have, and to look at policy and standards to be set by
the Government to add value to life in India.
Rear Admiral PD Sharma opened the seminar recounting on how
RLSS(I) was formed, how it has progressed over the years and its ambitious
plans for the future with an objective to add value to life and the stigma of ‘life
is cheap in India’ long forgotten.
John Long, Commonwealth Vice President and former
Commonwealth Secretary of RLSS Commonwealth attended the seminar and in closing
stated “India has moved form a time where safety was seen as a second priority
and more and more stakeholders are seeing it as a mandatory tool to achieve
effectiveness at home, in transit and at work.”
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From left to right: Shri SK Jain, Cmde Rajan Vir, R
Adm PD Sharma, Prof Dr SB Mujumdar, Mrs Dianne Montalto and Mr John Long
41 Members of Parliament sign up to RLSS UK’s pledge plea
Representatives from RLSS UK travelled to the Houses of
Parliament in Westminster, London this week ahead of its annual national campaign,
Drowning Prevention Week, which runs from 21-29 June 2014.
Throughout the afternoon they ran CPR workshops and water
safety advice sessions and MPs from across the UK were invited to find out more
about the charity and its work, as well as sign up and “pledge to support the
delivery of water safety education to all under 18 year olds in the UK”.
A question was also raised in the House on drowning
prevention and water safety during an adjournment debate that evening tabled by
Sharon Hodgson, MP.
RLSS UK President, Peter Moyes, said: “We were overwhelmed with the support offered
by MPs during our session and can’t thank them enough for pledging to help us
in our efforts, not only during Drowning Prevention Week but all year round and
especially to get water safety education taught in all schools.
“Tragically, more than 30 people drowned in
just seven weeks during last summer’s heatwave. Around 400 people accidentally
drown in the UK every year - one every 20 hours - and thousands more have near
deaths could have been avoided and we are thrilled to now have the help of the
41 MPs to add to the work of RLSS UK staff and volunteers who work tirelessly
to reduce drownings and save lives.”
MP, Nadhim Zahawi who has been working with RLSS UK and supported them in
organising the event said “I am very proud to have hosted RLSS UK in Parliament
today; it’s fantastic that so many MPs have pledged their support.”
“RLSS UK does brilliant work to educate people
in lifesaving skills and water safety across the country and I am sure that my
colleagues will be promoting this vital work throughout their constituencies
during Drowning Prevention Week and beyond.
Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West, where two girls – 15-year-old
Tonibeth Purvis and 14-year-old Chloe Fowler - tragically drowned in the River
Wear last summer, worked with the RLSS UK to secure the debate in the House of
Commons to press Ministers on this issue.
added: “After the tragic death of Tonibeth and Chloe last summer I was keen to
help the RLSS UK put their case to the Government. With the warm weather upon
us and the school holidays approaching, I was pleased to be able to press
ministers on how we can prevent more tragic accidents from occurring this year,
and into the future.
am hoping that this message will have been heard loud and clear in Whitehall,
and that Ministers will give serious consideration to the very sensible calls
made in the RLSS UK Manifesto.”
Roberts, the mother of student Megan Roberts, who tragically drowned in the
River Ouse in York on April 3rd this year, has been working with
RLSS UK on a number of projects over the past few months. She also attended the
event and added: “I am working with the RLSS UK as my daughter’s life meant so
much and I want to do something in respect to her and to prevent further
was great to talk to MPs today and hopefully raise the importance of the
charity’s work and the importance of water safety education.”
(Left-Right) RLSS UK’s Director of Lifesaving, Adrian Lole, RLSS UK President Peter
Moyes, Sharon Hodgson MP, Nadhim Zahawi MP,
Jackie Roberts and RLSS UK CEO Di
Steer with signed pledges at Westminster