Sport Commission

The Nova Scotia Lifesaving Sport Commission consists of 9 members: the Commissioner, the Council Chair, the Coaching Chair, the Development Chair, the High Performance Chair, the Officials Chair, the Promotions Chair, the Athlete Representative, and the NS Lifesaving Society Representative.

The Commissioner - Paul D'Eon

Paul first became involved in Lifesaving Sport as a competitor at Melmerby Beach, Nova Scotia in the summer of 1975. Since then, he has competed, judged, officiated, refereed, and meet managed at over 240 Lifesaving Sport events. He has been at every Canadian Surf Lifesaving Championship and has attended seven World Lifesaving Championship, first in Vancouver at Rescue 1986. Paul's favourite competitions are the "Nippers" on the beach when they are learning in the waves. Paul just finished marshaling ocean and and beach events at Rescue 2018 in Glenelg, Australia. Paul is currently the Special Projects Director for the Nova Scotia Lifesaving Society. He just completed his 44th year with the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service.

Paul D'Eon can be reached via email at

The Council Chair - Sara Jennex

Sara competed in Lifesaving Sport from the late 90s until the late 2000s, when she retired to become an official and coach. As an athlete, Sara was lucky enough to travel to competitions all over Canada and the US. Her favourite events are Surf Swim, Run-Swim-Run and Wading Relay (a NS classic). Currently, Sara officiates at various events provincially and nationally. As Sport Council Chair, Sara’s priorities lie in growing youth attendance and Provincial/National sport recognition.

Sara Jennex can be reached via email at

The Coaching Chair - Chris Hanlon

Chris has been involved in Lifesaving Sport for almost 20 years. First as a competitor, and later as the coach of Team Nova Scotia, he has helped the team win 3 Canadian Surf Lifesaving Championships Championships. His favourite event is the Taplin Relay. Chris is currently the Aquatics Operations Coordinator in Halifax.

Chris Hanlon can be reached via email at

The Development Chair - Ryan Kemp

Ryan Kemp has worked as a lifeguard since 2002 starting out at the Sackville Sports Stadium and moving to the Dartmouth Sportsplex in 2007. He started into Lifesaving Sport in 2011 after an injury caused him to stop doing long course triathlons. Ryan has helped grow Dartmouth’s Team RamFish from 3 members to the large club it is today. Ryan has competed at a wide range of national championships in every Lifesaving Sport category. Ryan’s favourite events are the Rescue Tube Rescue, 2km Beach Run, and the 100m Manikin Tow with Fins. He continues to try and grow the sport whenever he has a chance.

Ryan Kemp can be reached via email at

The High Performance Chair - Scott Day

Scott began competing in lifesaving sport in the mid 2000s. After a move from New Brunswick and a hiatus for a few years, he resumed competing in Nova Scotia. Since then, Scott has gone on to have success at various competitions regionally, provincially, nationally in Canada and the United States, and even some internationally. He has been a member of the NSLS national surf lifesaving team, NSLS’s interclub team at the 2016 World Life Saving Championships (Netherlands), and Team Canada at the 2017 DHL International Surf Life Saving Challenge (New Zealand). Scott’s favorite events are the Oceanman/Oceanwoman, Board Rescue, and the classic NS Wadding Relay. As High Performance chair, Scott works closely with the Coaching Chair to help athletes reach their goals and full potential.

Scott Day can be reached via email at

The Officials Chair - Julian Zou

Julian started competing and officiating in Lifesaving Sport when he joined the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service in 2014. He has officiated at numerous provincial and national competitions in open water, pool, and emergency response events. Julian's favourite events are Beach flags and Surf Ski Race. Julian currently sits on the Nova Scotia Lifesaving Society's Board of Directors.

Julian Zou can be reached via email at

The Promotions Chair - Vacant

The Athlete Representative - Emily Blacklock

Emily started competing in Lifesaving Sport in 2012 when she started a team in Ontario. Since moving to Nova Scotia, she has committed large amounts of time to coaching and training in the sport. Emily has had success at various competitions regionally, provincially, and nationally. Emily’s favourite events are Rescue Tube Rescue, 200m Super Lifesaver, Line Throw, and Priority Assessment.

Emily Blacklock can be reached via email at

The Lifesaving Society Representative - Pat McGrath

Pat first got involved in Lifesaving sport in the late 1980s after attending the Parley Beach Lifesaving Competition during his first year working with the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service. Mostly a "beachie", Pat went on to lead his local club to win the Canadian Surf Lifesaving Championships in 2000, including his first of two gold medals in Board Rescue. Pat has since gone on to officiate at all levels of Lifesaving Sport and has sat on several national organizing committees. Pat has been the Team Manager of the Canadian Lifesaving Sport Team for the past 6 years, having attended three World Lifesaving Championships (France 2014, Netherlands 2016, Australia 2018), the Festival of Lifesaving (South Africa 2017), and the Sanyo Cup (Japan 2018). Pat is currently the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Lifesaving Society.

Pat McGrath can be reached at