Cape Town - Springbok Test centurion and Rugby World Cup winner, Percy
Montgomery, won the inaugural General Tire LifeSaving South Africa Celebrity
Challenge on the final day of the National Championships at Camps Bay.
Montgomery’s all-round ability on sand and in the surf
triumphed against television personalities Siv Ngesi and Ewan Strydom (Expresso
Show) and Team South Africa Paralympian Achmat Hassiem.
Montgomery officially took first after placing first in
the Flags, second in the Beach Sprint and third in the Surf Swim.
Strydom was second, followed by Hassiem and Ngesi, who
had the honour of cleaning up in the sprint.
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 this week got to see his the brother
whose life his saved (Tariq) win silver in the Beach Flags.
Montgomery, 43, is the first Springbok to play 100
Tests, won the 2007 World Cup and is the record points scorer in Springbok
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 programme.