Athletes

Become a Registered Athlete

You must be a registered athlete in Canada to be eligible to compete in provincial or national competitions.

To register complete the Athlete Registration Form and send it to us with the required documentation.   When your registration is complete, you will be sent a registered athlete card with your registration number which you will need to enter provincial and national competitions. At the present time, there is no additional fee to become a registered athlete in Canada.

If you have any questions, contact Ann Palmer

Lifesaving Sport Athlete Registration

at 416-490-8844.

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In Ontario, registered athletes are represented on the Lifesaving Sport Council by their elected Athlete Representative. The current athlete representative is Mackenzie Salmon.

Contact Mackenzie by email.

 

Athlete Profiles

Toronto: November 2013. Alexandra Ferguson and James Verreault are high-performance lifesaving sport athletes who were recently named to Canada's National Lifesaving Team. We spoke to Alexandra and James about how they achieved success in their sport.

Alexandra Ferguson │ Age: 26 │ Favourite event: Surf Ski/Oceanwoman │ Favourite competition: Nationals/any competition with waves │ Lifeguard since: 2003

When did you begin goal-setting?

  • In 2011 I started training more to see how good I could get; I made goals and created an actual training plan. Now, at the end of each season, I redo my goals for the upcoming season: I have one or two big goals and several smaller ones, which are steps toward achieving the larger goals. This year my goal was to make the national team.

How has your training plan evolved?

  • The amount of training has gone up a lot. I'll put together my training plan, do it, reach my goals and get faster. Then I'll add a bit more each season. You always have to adapt to overcome obstacles; the training plan for one day might not work out and you just have to manage and change it accordingly.

Have you ever been surprised by your own performance?

  • This season I was definitely surprised in a positive way. I trained really hard for swimming this year and I won the Surf Swim [event] at Provincials. Then Nationals came and I won the Surf Swim again - if I had a list of things I never thought I would achieve, winning Surf Swim at Nationals would have been on it.

What has competition taught you?

  • It's hard to fake a race, sometimes things go wrong, the outcome of a race is usually directly related to how much effort you've put in. Competition shows how someone who might not be the fastest can win by wanting it.

What is your favourite part of competing?

  • When you actually achieve a goal you've set, it's one of the best feelings in the world. Also, being with your team: I've been with the same three or four girls for years now and competing as a team is something I love - we're very good friends.

How should someone approach their first Lifesaving Sport event?

  • The first time you go and compete, your goal should be to have a really good time. Do any and all of the events to see what you like. After your first couple of competitions you'll know which enjoy the most.

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Alexandra F and James V

James Verreault │ Age: 26 │ Favourite event: Oceanman │ Favourite competition: Surf Nationals │ Lifeguard since: 2003

When you started in Lifesaving Sport, did you think you'd become an elite athlete?

  • When I started at age 17, I never thought I would come this far. I slowly honed my skills and my performances improved. My coach sat me down and had me put together goals for the season and made me believe that I could make it to an elite level, which really helped.

What was the first goal you set for yourself?

  • In 2008 I focused on performance at the regional and provincial levels, and on making a final at Nationals. When I decided to commit to being a high-performance athlete in 2009, I set my goals in two-year cycles, reviewing my performance annually.

What is the highlight of your Lifesaving Sport career so far?

  • Being named to the National Team and getting the opportunity to represent Canada at Rescue 2012.

What has competition taught you?

  • The value of hard work. Not only my hard work, but that of others, whether it's the people that volunteer their time to put a competition together or the other competitors who have trained for countless hours.

Describe Lifesaving Sport in one word.

  • Community - I would not be where I am without the help and support of coaches, teammates, trainers, sponsors, friends and family. These people helped me to achieve my goals.

How did you use disappointment to make you a better athlete?

  • I've had moments where I questioned my goals and I've experienced failure, but I probably learned more from failure than success. When I competed in the Coolangatta Gold in Australia (2010), the surf conditions were massive. I made it out through the surf on my ski, completed the subsequent swim and run, but couldn't get out through the surf on my paddleboard after four hours of racing. I was pulled from the race by a marshal. It was a devastating blow. I wasn't mentally prepared for failure. I took this failure, reflected on what I could have done differently and altered my approach to training. I focused on the things I could control and made them habit through training. I realized that these failures are part of the path to success that we must overcome.

What is your favourite part of competing?

  • Being around like-minded people, sharing moments of absolute pain and absolute joy.

 

What should someone do if they want to try Lifesaving Sport?

  • Contact the Lifesaving Society or your local lifesaving club and find out when the next competition or training session is. Give it a go - we always welcome new friends.