TO:                  The Provincial/ District Chairman

The Provincial/ District Offices for onward distribution to Clubs

Lifesaving Eastern Cape Club Chairman and Secretaries

                        Saint Andrews Club Executive   

                        Associate Members


CC:                  The President, Vice President and Members of the Management Board, Directors

                        ILS Sport Commission Secretary – Jelle Meintsma, General Manager and LSA Staff


Date:                2nd May 2019


Subject:           Mountbatten & Russell Medal Nominations



Royal Life Saving Society is currently seeking nominations for the prestigious Mountbatten and Russell Medals. If you are aware of any rescue that took place in 2018 that you think might qualify for either of these medals (details below), please complete the attached nomination form and return to by the 28th June 2019.


Further details can also be found on the RLSS website

Mountbatten Medal
The Mountbatten Medal was instituted in 1951 by the Society’s then Grand President, The Earl of Mountbatten of Burma and it is an annual award which is made for the most gallant rescue or rescue attempt undertaken in the previous year (1st January-31st December), by the holder of a lifesaving award delivered by a Royal Life Saving Society Member Branch, or someone who has attended a Royal Life Saving Society training programme. The rescue or rescue attempt must be made by a citizen from a Commonwealth Nation but the rescue can be in any country throughout the world.

Russell Medal
The Russell Medal was established in 2000 as a tribute to Pat Russell, a long-time member of the Royal Life Saving Society.  Her sudden and unexpected death was a great sadness to RLSS, but something positive came about in the form of an award given annually for the most outstanding resuscitation or attempted resuscitation to a person by someone under 18 years of age during the previous calendar year.  The person nominated for the award must be the holder of a lifesaving award delivered by a Royal Life Saving Society Member Branch anywhere in the Commonwealth.


Yours in lifesaving

(No Signature – electronic document)

Helen Herbert

General Manager


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