Hi I’m Jack Daniels, from Newquay, Cornwall. Earlier this year I qualified to represent Great Britain at the Lifesaving World Championships in the men’s open… and I'm stoked!
To have the opportunity to represent my country is a great honour. I felt so proud when I found out I'd made it to this stage, not only for myself, but for the young kids I teach surf lifesaving. I hope that being taught by one of the best in the country gives them someone to look up to, especially in a small town like Newquay where there can be little opportunities.
Growing up next to the sea, I have always loved being a part of a surf lifesaving club. Getting this far and representing not only my country, but my town, and my club on a global stage, is a massive achievement for me. To compete against the best in the world is going to be an incredibly humbling experience, but I know I’m there to win.
I have trained incredibly hard to get to this point of my surf lifesaving career. I am a National Gold medal champion in all three disciplines of Insure Rescue Boat (IRB) competing, this includes tube rescue, single rescue, and mass rescue. As well as training I work full time as a beach lifeguard for the RNLI.
The Lifesaving World Championships is being help in Adelaide, Australia in November 2018. To represent my country, I must fund this trip myself, which is where I need your help.
I’ll be travelling to New Zealand at the end of September to continue my career lifeguarding during their summer season, so I will just need to raise funds to cover my flight from NZ to Australia, and expenses while I'm there for the competition. Any support and funding given will be extremely appreciated.
Breakdown of funds
GB representation is not funded, and that’s why I need your help towards the following –
I estimate the cost of travelling to and competing in the Lifesaving World Championships would be about £1350.
My lifesaving career
Growing up by the coast I was lucky enough to join Newquay Surf Life Saving Club where I quickly found I not only loved, but also excelled at surfing, and surf lifesaving techniques. As soon as I was old enough I started my career as a lifeguard for the RNLI.
Surf lifesaving is my life, from the age of seven I progressed through nippers (aged 7-13), to a youth member (13-17) and then open (18-29). Throughout the years I have developed a number of skills which I’m proud to say I now teach to children in the club I was taught.
I'm currently joint nipper coach and club captain of Newquay Surf Life Saving Club. I take pride in passing on my knowledge and helping kids develop their skills and understanding of sea safety. I hope that some of them one day follow my footsteps and seek careers within the ocean environment.
For me, competing in the Lifesaving World Championships is great for the children I teach, as it gives them a chance to see someone excelling in another area of the sport. Especially the IRB, it’s another area of surf lifesaving I hopefully want to bring into the limelight for clubs in the UK.
How this will benefit others
Competing at this level will allow me to make connections with lifesaving clubs and watermen and women from all over the world. Bringing back the knowledge and experience, and also the connections I make will be a huge benefit to the nippers and individuals I coach, within surf lifesaving and my lifeguard career.
I'd hope to inspire other people to take up this sport and this craft as an experienced IRB crew could save a life.
'We all absolutely love J.D, he is such an important part of our club. The boys think he is just great as he brings the element of fun to coaching the kids as he has been a nipper himself. He is proof that if you work hard there is so much to achieve!! He always comes to support the nippers at the competitions and is running from one race to another to spreading encouragement,and he always brings the kids sweets to share to keep the energy levels up, they just love him! I know how much he's helped Harrison and how much respect H has for him because he brings the fun into learning.
Our club is very lucky to have him and i hope this will raise all the money he needs as he so deserves it!!'
Nicola Ashwood, Parent of Surf Lifrsaving Club nipper
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Thanks so much for supporting my journey!