Cape Town - South
Africa’s best will compete in this year’s Lifesaving World Championship in
Australia thanks to the combined financial efforts of the Federation, its
primary sponsor General Tire and the National Lotteries Commission.
Lifesaving South Africa
traditionally sets aside funds for the World Championships and secures funding
from the NLC for HP training camps and athlete support but it hasn’t always
been possible to fund every single tour, given that in 2017 there were seven
teams representing South Africa at various international events.
It has meant that in
some instances athletes have not been available because of financial
In a World Championship
year every effort is being made to secure the sport’s elite will be available,
with General Tire and the National Lotteries Commission combining to give Team
South Africa the best possible chance of finishing in the top three.
'We are appreciative of
the sacrifice made all year round by the athletes in serving the Federation and
the effort they put in all over South Africa to create safer water environments
and as an investor in the sport of Lifesaving we also understand the importance
of Team South Africa's international standing as one of the powerhouses of the
sport. We've extended our sponsorship to making a contribution to the squad
members' costs in getting to the World Championship,' said Continental Tyre
(SA) Marketing Manager, Ian Langlands.
The National Lotteries
Commission, in acknowledging the contribution of the Federation to water
safety, has combined with General Tire to finance the travelling costs of Team
“Lifesaving SA is doing
tremendous work in promoting and developing water safety. As the National
Lotteries Commission, we would like to encourage and thank Lifesaving SA for
their positive contribution in South Africa. We thank Lifesaving SA for
acknowledging the impact the NLC has across South Africa and we are proud
to support Lifesaving SA by funding their high performance programmes and
international participation, a recognition for the hard work and effort by the
Federation, which does not go unnoticed,” said Mr Sanele Dlamini from the KZN
The World Championship
will take place in Australia from November 17, 2018.
New Zealand are the
current world champions, while Australia has consistently been the dominant
international force in the sport.
South Africa has
enjoyed a top three billing over the years but the increased financial
investment in the sport among countries like Japan and the United States has
changed the international landscape and for South Africa to remain an
international force it requires the best being at the biggest international
sponsorship of Lifesaving South Africa has elevated the profile of the sport
significantly and in 2017 Lifesaving SA was named the best sporting Federation
in South Africa.
The General Tire
National Lifesaving Championships, from March 31 - April 7 will
also for the first time be exclusive across all ages and categories to one
City, Port Elizabeth’s Kings Beach and Newton Park Swimming Pool.
The 2017 Nippers Surf
National Championship was held at Port Elizabeth's Kings Beach, with the
Masters, Seniors and Juniors at Camps Bay in Cape Town. The Stillwater Pool
National Championships was held at Kings Park Pool in Durban.
General Tire, whose
head office is based in Port Elizabeth, combined with the Federation's
executive, have ensured a historic National Interclub Championship that will
see the city host more than 2000 competitors.
Team South Africa’s
World Cup squad of men and women will be selected from those competing at the
General Tire National Lifesaving Championships.
promises to be a spectator extravaganza, with 528 lifesaving events over the
* Springbok Test centurion and Rugby World Cup winner Percy Montgomery won the
inaugural General Tire Celebrity Challenge at Camps Bay in 2017. Montgomery
triumphed against television personalities Siv Ngesi, Ewan Strydom and Team
South Africa Paralympian Achmat Hassiem. The Springbok legend donated half of
his R20 000 winning prize to the South African Children’s home and the other
half back to Lifesaving SA’s WaterSmart program.
Montgomery will defend
his title at the 2018 General Tire Celebrity Challenge against close contenders
Siv Ngesi, Achmat Hassiem and other local personalities.
Achmat Hassiem is
closely associated to Lifesaving South Africa and his story is globally known
for saving his brother’s life (while a Lifeguard) and in the process losing a
leg and nearly his own life to a Great White Shark attack. Hassiem has
since become a celebrated international Paralympian and global inspiration and
is now a brand ambassador for General Tire and Lifesaving SA.
Schedule of Events:
Championships - March 31 - 09:00
Championships - April 1 - 09:00 – 16:00
Ceremony - April 1 - 16:30 – 17:15
Championships - April 2-4 - 08:30 – 16:00
Championships - April 2-4 - 09:00 – 16:00
Championships - April 5-6 - 09:00 – 16:00
Championships - April 5-7 - 08:00 – 16:00
NEW Surf Boat
Out - April 7
NEW General Tire
Parents flags competition - April 4
NEW General Tire
Celebrity Challenge - April 6
NEW General Tire
Tough Guy and Tough Gal - March 31 to April 7
party - April 7 - 18:00