Medal in the National Lifesaving Championship for Leeds Alumni!

Congratulations to Ben Witz, Sports Development Officer at the University of Leeds who competed in the Royal Life Saving Society National Speed Championships at the iconic London 2012 Aquatics Centre earlier this month.

Ben is a former sports scholar at the University of Leeds and is currently working at the University as part of the Get Out, Get Active team. This year was Ben’s most successful at the RLSS Championships competing alongside the UK’s leaders in lifesaving sport including members of the GB and Northern Ireland teams.

The RLSS UK’s National Speed Championships help to promote lifesavers’ skills, knowledge and techniques and also plays an important role in spreading the society’s water safety messages as the drowning prevention charity.

Ben Witz Lifesaver


Over 500 people entered the Speed Championships and Ben fought it out to win his first ever individual medal in the 200m Super Lifesaver event, finishing in a brilliant 3rd place. He also came close to a second bronze medal with his partner in the Rope Throw event and was just 0.7 of a second off 3rd place. In the Medley Relay Ben and his 3 teammates also medalled achieving 3rd place.

Ben had a fantastic competition adding two bronze medals to his collection and coming away with 4 PB’s in his swims.


For more information on Lifesaving Sport – Visit the RLSS website