Cape Town - Simon
Taylor provided the golden moments at the General Tire LifeSaving South Africa
Nippers National Interclub Championships, but his Durban Surf Club were denied
overall gold because heavy and dangerous surf disrupted Saturday’s final day
Surf, the Nippers’ National Champions for the last five years, were on course
for a sixth successive overall title in the opening two days of the three-day
LifeSaving carnival at Port Elizabeth’s Kings Beach.
three’s dangerous surf conditions meant several events were cancelled and with
less than 75 percent of the competition events not completed, there was no
in the U14 division, benefitted because more than 75 percent of these events
took place on the opening two days. Taylor struck gold three times in the Male
Board Race, the Surf Swim and the Run/Swim/Run.
was part of Durban Surf’s U14 Mixed Taplin Team Relay bronze finish.
Paige Horn was rewarded for her consistency in finishing in the top four in her
events to take the overall U14 Female individual title. The individual titles
go to athletes with the most points accumulated throughout the Championship.
Taylor’s victory confirmed Durban Surf’s National dominance among the juniors,
both at the Nippers in Port Elizabeth and in the respective Junior Divisions a
week ago at Camps Bay.
Pirates’s Travis Misdorp and Alice Edwards won U19 Young Men and U17 Young
Female overall titles, Durban Surf’s Conor Botha and Tamryn McKie won the
respective U15 titles and Durban Surf’s Tamryn Montgomery was the U19 winner.
Surf’s Chad Uys won gold and bronze in the individual U13 Division and Durban
Surf club-mate Tatum Botha was also a multiple gold winner in the U13 Female
Run/Swim/Run and the Surf Swim.
beat another Durban Surf multiple medal winner Kira Ribbink into second place
in both events.
also got silver in the Female Board race, with Durban Surf’s Isabella Halstead
beat Halstead in the Female Run/Swim/Run but it wasn’t good enough to get
Christian Stanton won the U13 Girls Beach Sprint and Joshua Voigt the Boys
Girls Alex Heerink van Breda won the U14 Girls Beach Sprint and the Boys winner
was Plett’s Alojzjie Pisonic.
Beach’s Monique du Toit led the local charge with gold in the U14 Female Surf
Swim and she won bronze in the Run/Swim/Run.
London’s Caitlan Elliot took gold in the Female U14 Board Race and another
local provincial hopeful, East London’s Madison Malherbe, won silver in the
Run/Swim/Run and bronze in the Surf Swim.
Hoek’s Cameron Miell triumphed in the boys U13 Surf Swim to add to the club’s
U14 gold from Hanna Pearse in the Run/Swim/Run.
Nippers Championship featured 800 hopefuls from across the country and there
were boys and girls champions in U9, U10, U11, U12, U13 and U14 Divisions.