Cape Town - Ryle de Morny confirmed
his status as the fastest beach sprinter in the country at the recent General
Tire Lifesaving South Africa Surf Interprovincials at Cape Town’s Clifton
De Morny beat KZN’s Jonathan Rorke
to finally exact revenge from his two defeats to Rorke at the 2017 and 2018
National Club Championships. De Morny won gold at this year’s National Club
Championships after Rorke was disqualified in the semi-finals for a false
If there was any sense De Morny felt
a hollowness in the Port Elizabeth success, this time the feeling could only be
elation as he completed the National Club and Interprovincial double sprint
gold with Rorke in the final.
Western Cape’s world champion
Nicholas Notten had no equal in the male senior division.
Notten’s exploits in winning several
golds influenced the Western Cape being crowned champions from KwaZulu-Natal.
The Western Cape took overall first and also won the senior division. The
Western Cape 'B' side was third overall.
KwaZulu-Natal took first in the
juniors from the Western Cape but the hosts reversed the score in the Nippers
section to edge KZN into second place.
The core of South Africa’s best
elite senior, junior and nipper lifesavers were on show and there was none more
brilliant than Notten, who won gold in the prestigious iron, run/swim/run and
also in the board race and the single ski.
Notten is the current single ski
world champion and was dominant at the General Tire Lifesaving South Africa
National Interclub Championships in Port Elizabeth, where he won the award for
top senior male competitor.
It was a brilliant day for the
Notten family, with brother Dominic in the medals and sister Anna again as
inspirational for her province as she was for her Fish Hoek club in Port
(Nic) Notten beat Dominic into
second place for the iron title and the two combined later to celebrate gold.
KZN’s Carmel Billson typically took
gold when it mattered most. Billson has been near unstoppable this year, be it
in stillwater, pool or surf competitions. She added golds in the iron senior
women and single ski to her rich harvest of golds in 2019. She also combined
with sister Natalie to add to KZN’s coming so close to winning the senior
The Nottens and Billsons aside, the
brother and sister duo of Connor and Tatum Botha also prospered in the junior
men and women divisions. The Bothas, son of the iconic South African lifesaver
Dylan, consistently placed in the medals with (Connor) Botha winning the
coveted iron race.
Regular winners Kira Bester, Paige
Horn, Cheyne Haupt, Kim van Gysen and Sasha-Lee Nordengen were again among the