Derek Laverty Competition

The Derek Laverty Competition fund was established in November 2004 in memory of Derek Laverty, former Manager of Aquatics for the City of Vancouver. Derek was a strong supporter of lifeguard competition and of the Lifesaving Society.

Funding Objective:
The purpose of this fund is to assist in defraying the cost of participating in lifeguard competition for competitors, judges, officials, coaches and hosts. The value of lifeguard competition is seen in the increased opportunity for lifeguard training; advancement in lifeguard procedures; contribute to excellence in BC & Yukon lifeguards; enhanced camaraderie and fun among lifeguards and officials; potential for national and international competition. Funding will also provide opportunities for those who may not otherwise be able to participate.

Applicants must be a current or past holder of a Lifesaving Society award issued by the BC & Yukon Branch. Funding requested should represent no more than 50% of total funding required to participate.

Method of Application:
Applicants must provide the following documentation to qualify for funding:

  • Completed application form
  • Summary document outlining the need and use of funding
  • Budget for the applicant’s participation
  • Sources for additional funding

Eligible Uses of Funding:
Funds can be used toward:

  • Registration fees
  • Travel
  • Equipment
  • Uniforms
  • Accommodation
  • Food

Ineligible Uses of Funding:
Funds cannot be used toward:

  • 100% of costs
  • Training costs
  • Retroactive funding

Application process:
Applications will be accepted at any time and forwarded to the Task Force, however meetings to review funding requests will take place quarterly as follows:
early March - apply by February 28
early June - apply by May 31
early September - apply by August 31
early December - apply by November 30

When decisions have been finalized, all applicants will be notified within one week of the Committee meeting.

Funding Criteria:
Consideration for funding will include items such as:

  • financial need
  • use of funding
  • past volunteer involvement in competition
  • past volunteer involvement with Branch
  • past fundraising involvement