Cape Town - Local favourite, Summerstrand's Tracy Gous transferred her imposing form from the pool to the sand at Sunday's General Tire National Masters Surf Championships.
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Gous was a star at Saturday's Stillwater (Pool) National Championships at Newton Park, and on Sunday, at Port Elizabeth's King's Beach she was again on top of her game.
Gous, competing in the 40-45 age group, proved as fast in the beach sprints as she was in the pool.
Summerstrand's Brad Reen was another who starred in the Pool Events and also at Sunday's Surf Masters.
In one of the upsets of the day, Tyrone Wicombe of the Port Elizabeth based Seagulls Livesaving Club beat former world championship competitor Sihle (Trevor) Xaba of the Durban Surf Lifesaving Club in the final of the Men's Flags, age group 40-44.
Port Elizabeth, home of action and adventure sports, will from Monday, April 2nd to Saturday, April 7th, play host to the biggest ever Lifesaving competition in South African history with the General Tire Lifesaving South African National Masters, Senior, Juniors and Nipper Championships exclusive to the city for the first time.
Outside the 528 events, there will also be the General Tire Celebrity Challenge, which in 2017 was won by Springbok Test Rugby Centurion and World Cup winner Percy Montgomery.
Mongomery will defend his title at the 2018 General Tire Celebrity Challenge against close contenders Siv Ngesi, Achmat Hassiem and other local personalities.
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:
· Nippers Surf Championships: April 2nd - 4th - 08:30 - 16:00
· Junior & Senior Pool Championships: April 2nd - 4th - 09:00 - 16:00
· Nippers Pool Championships: April 5th - 6th - 09:00 - 16:00
· Junior & Senior Surf Championships: April 5th - 7th - 08:00 - 16:00
· NEW Surf Boat Shoot Out: April 7th
· NEW General Tire Parents flags competition: April 4th
· NEW General Tire Celebrity Challenge: April 6th
· Closing ceremony and after party: April 7th - 18:00 - 22:00