SA National Lifesaving Championships take place in Port Elizabeth

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Algoa bay dished up perfect surf conditions for the second day of the South African National Lifesaving Championships taking place in Port Elizabeth.

The competing nippers took full advantage of the conditions. The competition attracted nearly 1700 participants this year.

The competition is of the highest standard. They are competing for a spot on the national team for the World Lifesaving Championships in Italy next year.

The voluntary lifesaving movement plays a crucial role as water safety in South Africa is concerned.

Durban Surf Club’s Siyabonga Mdletshe says, “”People are nice, nice weather and the competition is tough but we are enjoying ourselves and i am sure I am gonna go home with a medal.”

Nesta France from False Bay says,“I am happy to be here, all i want is to compete against the best, but i will try my best. ”

“The guys all want to win, we all have the same common vision, but people are nice good vibes, we all want to win this week,” says Oliver Fermor, from Plattenberg Bay Club.

The sport is also focused on development and the expanded water safety network it provides. And trough development the sport has been able to continuously grow its competitor base.

Vice-president of SA Lifesaving Allen Pembroke says, “Over the years we have seen so many athletes of colour coming through the ranks and we want to continue with that, even today there are so many of them and they are competitive, even the standard that is on display is very high and we expect more people next year. ”

The championships end on Saturday.

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