Competitions at St Edmundsbury Life Saving Club


Suffolk Branch Open Water Challenge

See Calendar page for details.

Suffolk Rookie Challenge

The Rookie Challenge was introduced in June 2010 as a prequel to the Suffolk heats of the RLSS National Life Saving Championships. The challenge, which has now become an annual event, involves pairs of Rookies testing their lifesaving skills in three events:

The winners are presented with the Rookie Challenge Shield.

From 2017, a first aid incident was introduced into the competition, to give the Rookies experience of four events just like the Nationals (although the, more fun, Body Board Relay replaces the Swim & Tow of the Nationals!).


Christmas Cracker

In December we hold our annual Christmas Cracker Competition. This is a team event for all the club members, who battle it out in a variety of events, such as answering quiz questions (on assorted topics including Life Saving), relay races (body board, mince pie, fill the bucket, etc), diving and/or other water skills.

The winners take possession of the Christmas Cracker Shield.


Club Championship

This pairs competition is usually held at the end of the Spring term and tests pool skills in the following events:

Two shields are awarded - to the highest scoring Junior and Senior pairs.


Bob Myles Open Water Challenge

This fun competition was introduced in July 2013 in memory of Bob Myles, one of the founding members of the club (see History). It takes place at Felixstowe with pairs of Rookies and Survive & Save members competing side by side in handicapped challenges to test their strength, stamina, technique and lifesaving skill in the North Sea! The challenges consist of:

The winning pair is awarded the Bob Myles Open Water Challenge trophy.


Junior Shield and Breseus Cup

Each year the club awards trophies to one Rookie (Junior Shield) and one senior member (Breseus Cup) for their effort, enthusiasm and commitment to lifesaving and the club.

Recent winners of these trophies are:

  Junior Shield Breseus Cup
1991   W Hawkins
1992   R Archer
1993 Julie Coppock J Green
1994 Natalie Parrett M Plummer
1995 Ross Sanderson Paul Jackson
1996   Claire Jones
1997 Rebecca Miller Sarah Pawsey
1998 Tom Laflin Roxanne McNaughton
1999 Steven Edwards Sarah Prunier
2000 Kelly Newsom Emma Roland
2001 Becky Grant Sue Laflin & Jackie Keegan
2002 Hannah Dunnett Richard Heap
2003 Amy Frewer Rachel Porter
2004 Aaron Steggles Freja Dunnett
2005   Julian Loader
2006 Simon Heap Katie Bramwell
2007 Olivia Steggles Neil Hamilton
2008 Rowanne Bramwell Lauren Saggers
2009 Kathryn Kitching Caroline McCourt
2010 Lucy Clark Darren Maguire
2011 Jonathan Sharp Dan Ellison
2012 Sam Truman Ed Joynson
2013 Elizabeth Poulson Laura Bramwell
2014 Joseph Bradley Beth McCartney
2015 Peter Lillistone Ellie Wright
2016 Rosie Wallace Jack Bercovici
2017 Emily Golding Jasmin Raja
2018 Sylvie Melvin Nigel Pawsey
2019 Cydney Duncan Jack Lillistone
2020 Eva Torfinn Neve Maguire & Millie Pearce
2021 Madison Gage Richard Pearce


Life Membership

Life Membership is awarded to members who have been with us for many years and who have made, and continue to make, major contributions to the club. These are the people who have been involved with founding or running the club and whose commitment and enthusiasm have made St Edmundsbury Life Saving Club the success it is today.

Life Membership has been awarded to:

Bob Myles

Sarah Sheridan

Mike Grainger

Richard Pearce

Darren 'George' Maguire

Sarah Pawsey

Nigel Pawsey

Paul Jackson

Julian Loader

Kate Bramwell



RLSS Competitions

The club participates in the RLSS National Life Saving Championships which are held each year. There are Branch and Regional heats with the winners then qualifying for places in the Nationals (the finals held at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield, in November).

The Suffolk Branch competition is held in the Summer term and for the last two years has taken place at the Bury St Edmunds pool. There have not been any East Region competitions in recent years, as only Suffolk Branch clubs have entered.

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