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July 25, 2007
Media Advisory 22nd annual Toronto Lifeguard Competition tests emergency response skills
The City of Toronto’s highly trained lifeguards are honing their skills in preparation for the 22nd Annual Lifeguard Competition. They will be competing in simulated situations and physical events. Many events will take place throughout the day, starting with a mannequin relay and concluding with an awards ceremony. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Date: Thursday, July 26
Time: Competition runs from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Photo opportunity: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Donald D. Summerville Outdoor Pool
Lake Shore Blvd. E. and Woodbine Ave. (at Woodbine Beach)

Pool patrons are vital to the competition process and will provide accurate simulations of possible emergencies within aquatic settings. This highly competitive event not only provides lifeguards with a chance to team-build but also to educate the public in water safety, with some fun events mixed in. The winning team from this city-wide event will represent Toronto at the provincial championships August 4 - 5 in Brampton.

City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, offers a range of aquatics programs for people of all ages and abilities to learn how to swim and how to be safe around water. Parents are reminded to supervise their children at all times in pools, wading pools and splash pads. For more information about drowning prevention, including the Swim to Survive training program, visit the Lifesaving Society’s website at

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Andrew Waters
Parks, Forestry and Recreation
(cell) 416-738-8538

Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation media hotline, 416-560-8726



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