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Members of the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service (NSLS) received top
honors at a lifeguard competition held at Newport, Rhode Island
this week.

In the three years of attending the Rhode Island Invitational
Tournament, this was the second consecutive year that Nova Scotia
finished first in the non-rowboat division.

Five members of the NSLS competed against the best lifeguards
from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Rhode Island on 
Aug. 5 and 6.

Dave LeBlanc, Sydney, tournament MVP, placed second in the
run-swim-run event, and third in the one-mile paddle race. Other
NSLS lifeguards competing in the tournament were Sean Dyer, Cole
Harbour; Peter J. Cowan, Halifax; Andrew Millar, Truro and Mike
Stevenson, New Glasgow, each contributing to a third-place team
finish in the paddle-board relay.

Only one of the 10 teams competing in the tournament accumulated
more points than Nova Scotia in rowboat and non-rowboat events
combined. Because the NSLS does not own or use rowboats as part
of its service, the Nova Scotia Team was not able to compete in
rowboat events.

The next lifeguard competition for the NSLS is slated for Aug. 27
when it will host the 25th Annual Beach Lifeguard Championships. 
The tournament will take place at Rissers Beach, with teams from
Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Eastern States participating.

The NSLS is a joint project of the Nova Scotia Sport and
Recreation Commission and the Canadian Red Cross, Nova Scotia


Contact: John Bessonette
         Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service

trp                    Aug. 8, 1997 - 3:40 p.m.