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September 6, 2002
Toronto lifeguard team defends national title
  
Parks and Recreation - The City of Toronto Lifeguard Team successfully defended
its title, to again win the National Surf Lifesaving Championships held at
Risser's Beach, Nova Scotia, on August 26 and 27. This annual event is hosted
by the Lifesaving Society of Canada.

Toronto's team of six women and six men left nothing behind when they competed
in 24 gruelling events such as the tube rescue relay, the beach sprint, and the
Ironwoman/man race, which consists of three stages - rescue board, swim and
run. Several team members delivered personal and team bests in a number of
events.

"While the men held their own against a very competitive male division, it was
our women who really reached deep ensuring the success of the team. Everyone
was feeding off each others' motivation; it was a great performance by
everyone," said Carl Rotmann, one of the teams' two coaches.

The Toronto Lifeguard Team is comprised of Toronto Parks and Recreation
employees who work at recreation facilities across the city. Team coaches are
Carl Rotmann, a paramedic with Toronto EMS and a former Toronto Outdoor Pool
Manager, and James Honeyman, Community Recreation Co-ordinator at the St.
Lawrence Community Recreation Centre. The team is sponsored by the City of
Toronto and Dunlop Tires.


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