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USLA Postpones 2020 National Lifeguard Championships
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May 13, 2020

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The United States Lifesaving Association Board of Directors votes to postpone the 2020 USLA National Lifeguard Championships in South Padre Island, TX, to 2021 and cancels all regional competitions for the 2020 summer.

The USLA Medical Committee submitted the following in their spring meeting report; "At this time, with all of the evidence available, and with an abundance of caution, the Medical Committee recommends that the USLA cancel the National Championships currently scheduled in Texas for August as well as any regional competitions planned for this summer."

The USLA Sport Committee, considering the Medical Committee Report first and foremost, voted unanimously to recommend suspension of all USLA sanctioned competitions this summer. Additional considerations included financial concerns of hosting a National Championships with minimal attendance and diminished sponsorship. Sport Committee Chairman Ed Zebrowski III noted, "This decision was an extremely difficult one for all of us. The time and effort Jim Pigg and his team have put in preparation for this year is second to none." Zebrowski continued, "Lifeguard Nationals is the largest member event on the USLA calendar so expect 2021 in South Padre Island to be the most intense competition, and greatest celebration, of lifesaving sport in USLA history."

South Padre Island Fire Chief and USLA Nationals Host Jim Pigg described his mixed emotions on the postponement:

"We are disappointed that the USLA Nationals has been postponed, however we are excited that we will be hosting 2021. We look forward to making it even bigger than what we had planned for this year. The USLA is dedicated to life safety and prevention, and the current situation is no different. We will get through this together and come back in 2021 bigger and better."

The USLA follows other national and international sport governing bodies in canceling sanctioned events in 2021. The International Lifesaving Federation canceled the 2020 Lifesaving World Championships in Italy, USA Swimming canceled national competitions throughout the summer and the International Olympic Committee postponed the 2020 Olympics in Japan to 2021.

The USLA looks forward to a busy competition calendar in 2021 with the return of Regional and National Championships in the summer followed by the International Surf Rescue Challenge (ISRC) to be held in Daytona Beach, FL, in the fall. The ISRC will be the first major international competition gathering the best Surf Lifesaving National and Youth National Teams on the Florida coast.

About the USLA: Founded in 1964, the United States Lifesaving Association is America's nonprofit, professional association of beach lifeguards and open water rescuers. The USLA works to reduce the incidence of death and injury in the aquatic environment through public education, national lifeguard standards, training programs, promotion of high levels of lifeguard readiness, and other means.

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