The Lifesaving Club poses with their National Championship banner.

University of Waterloo Lifesaving Club earns first national championship banner

Adrian Cossu, the UWaterloo Lifesaving Club president has been training for and competing in lifesaving sport competitions for almost 10 years, and this year he and his team brought the national championship banner home to Waterloo for the first time.

The three UWaterloo teams that travelled to Halifax, Nova Scotia to compete at the Canadian Lifeguard Emergency Response Championships (CLERC) in early May came in third, fourth, and sixth overall out of 18 competing teams. Through the first aid, water rescue, and priority assessment events, each team demonstrated consistently strong knowledge, teamwork, and communication skills.

For Adrian, an Applied Health Sciences Master’s student, lifesaving sport became important early in his university life. “Competing in lifesaving sport filled the desire to compete I had developed in high school. That evolved into a desire to be the best, to practice and train until I, personally, could compete at the highest level,” he shared.

The Lifesaving Club certainly works hard to compete, attending 3-4 swim practices a week, as well as an additional two rescue practice sessions at Laurel Creek in the summer. The club’s members aim to provide both physical fitness and skills-based training to Waterloo students, and to be a high-performance sport club.

It’s clear though that the club provides more than just that as Adrian reveals another reason that kept him coming back to the club. “I'm not sure that I would've stuck with it at all if I hadn't made some great friends and been blessed with great teammates who I could win with,” he said.

Congratulations to the UWaterloo Lifesaving Club!

Read more about Adrian and the Lifesaving Club’s win on the Athletics website. 

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