Cape Town - South
Africa’s youthful beach sprinters Jonathan Rorke and Bradley Odendaal are
strong medal options in this weekend’s International Surf Rescue Challenge,
which features the sport’s eight best countries and is essentially Lifesaving’s
Africa traditionally has been guaranteed glory in the male and female beach
sprints, but South Africa’s king and queen of the beach Ryle de Morny and Mandi
Maritz are both unavailable.
is no obvious successor to Maritz in the sprints and flags disciplines, but both
Rorke and Odendaal have the ability to match De Morny’s stunning successes of
the last decade.
Morny has twice been world champion and has 10 world championship medals in
sprints and flags.
stunned De Morny into second place at the General Tire Nationals in Camps Bay,
and Odendaal, dominant in the junior ranks for the past few seasons, excelled
at the Sanyo International in Japan.
New Zealand and trans-Tasman rivals Australia have always been dominant in the
biggest international competitions but there is a belief that the quality of
the South African squad is good enough to place among the medals.
Carmel Billson will lead the female challenge in a squad that also includes her
very talented sister Lauren Billson.
is the 2016 and 2017 General Tire Lifesaving South Africa female athlete of the
Year and has been the most imposing female athlete in the sport in the last two
Province’s Daniel Jones will be hoping to replicate his brilliant performances
at the General Tire Lifesaving South Africa National Championships.
Africa’s still water lifesaving specialists will also be in action at the
Orange Cup in the Netherlands this weekend, with the third Billson sister
(Natalie) significantly in-form and likely to be at the forefront of South
Africa’s teenage male trio of Calvin Coetzee, JP van Zyl and Milan Erasmus this
past weekend warmed up for the Orange Cup with excellent results at the
International German Cup in Warendorf.
trio, competing against athletes from 16 countries, combined for six medals,
which included one gold, four silvers and a bronze.
Coetzee, just 17-years-old, started the German Cup with a gold medal in the 200m obstacle swim and on the second day won silver in the 100 m Rescue
Medley, ahead of Van Zyl, who added a bronze to two silver medals, the second
of which he won in the 100m Manikin Carry with Fins.
Zyl’s first silver was in the 50m Manikin Carry.
won silver in the 200m Superlife.
criteria for the German Cup participation was that the athlete had to be under
18 and have placed individually in the top 10 across three events at the
General Tire/Lifesaving South African still water National Championships.
Orange Cup, Netherlands
JP van Zyl (Harties Refection Lifesaving Club, North West), Milan Erasmus
(Durban Surf Lifesaving Club, KZN), Calvin Coetzee (Suncoast Pirates Lifesaving
Club, KZN), Rudi van Graan (Harties Refection Lifesaving Club, North West)
Natalie Billson (Marine Surf Lifesaving Club, KZN), Bianca Opperman (Harties
Refection Lifesaving Club, North West), Sulinke van den Berg (Mangaung
Lifesaving Club, Free State), Dehanke van Rensburg (Harties Refection
Lifesaving Club, North West), Deborah Dredge (Tuks Lifesaving Club, Gauteng).
International Surf Rescue Challenge,
Daniel Jones, Dylan Bridger, Bradley Odendaal, Malec Odendaal, Jonathan Rorke, Matthew Bowman
Carmel Billson, Sasha Lee Nordengen, Candice Murray, Kelly Fell, Jodi Cleworth, Lauren Billson
Senior manager: Peter Odendaal
Senior coach: Russell Sadler
Joshua Templeton, Connor Botha, Matt Maroun, Cheyne Haupt, Runaldo Pedro, Kurt Rautenbach
Amica de Jager, Teagan Hardwick, Tamryn McKie, Megan Kreft, Alice Edward, Ally Chislett
Junior manager: Louise Erasmus
Junior coach: Claudio Miller