Kwazulu-Natal’s women are expected to be the superpower at this week’s General Tire Lifesaving South African National Club Championships in Port Elizabeth.
The Western Cape’s Fish Hoek should again be the front runners in the senior surf, but it’s the Marine Surf Club that set the overall standard at last year’s national championships.
The sport’s biggest event of the year is a lifesaving extravaganza that starts tomorrow (Sunday) and finishes next Saturday.
The country’s elite athlete will be in action, with the core of the senior and junior Team South Africa World Championship squad putting club before country this time.
There isn’t a more prestigious week than this one in competitive South African lifesaving. Last year 1669 competitors from 41 clubs competed in 528 pool, surf and sand events. This year the number will exceed 1700.
General Tire, in association with Lifesaving South Africa and commercial brokers the Treble Group, for the first time in the sport’s history, combined pool and surf national championships. They also merged the Masters, Seniors, Juniors and Nippers into one mass festival.
Durban Surf’s Mandi Maritz, South Africa’s leading sprint and flags specialist, echoed the sentiments of all when she raved about the atmosphere in Port Elizabeth, at the beach and at the pool.
‘It was amazing to see so many competing in so many events in one