Port Elizabeth -
Tracy Gouws, so impressive a year ago, was again the star on Sunday at
the General Tire Lifesaving South Africa's National Championships.
Gouws took four medals, including three golds, in the surf swim, board race and swim/tun/swim.Summerstrand and host club Kings Beach
hogged the podium as the week-long festival of lifesaving started with
the Masters surf competition.
Lifesaving’s National Club Championships
will see 1700 athletes battle for pool, surf and sand supremacy in a
seven-day festival that combines the Masters, Nippers, Seniors and
Juniors in the surf and pool championships respectively.
Gouws, in the 40-44 female category, was
without comparison and her Summerstrand club teammate Natalie Goedhuls
also took four medals, in two first places in the run/swim/run and the
single ski and second place in the board race
and surf swim. Goedhuls competed in the 30-34 age category.
The Masters’ starts in category age 30-34 and
finishes age 70-plus. In the latter category Bruce Darbyshire-Roberts
won two first places and Ant Foster finished in the medals in all three
Sihle Trevor Xaba of Durban Surf was a popular
finisher in the ski race, aged 40-44. Xaba, a television actor in the
Durban Beach Rescue series, showed he could transfer his on-screen
skills to the water.
Durban Pro’s Siyanda Ngexe finished first in the 30-34 run/swim/run.
Other veterans who enjoyed success included
Summerstrand’s Rob Smith, Kings Beach Terry Billson, Ken Richard,
Christian Callebaunt, Andre van Rooyen, Antje Hockley, Brent Challenor,
Nina Loftus, Gina McCelland and the Ethekwini duo of Mluleki
Mthethwa and Mfana Mkhizi.
The surf action stays at Kings Beach today when the
Nippers compete for glory until Wednesday. The Masters, Seniors and
Juniors take to the pool from today (Subs Monday) and also finish on
Wednesday. The week’s proceedings reach a climax
with the seniors and juniors surf championship from Thursday to
Saturday. The Nippers will complete their pool championship during the
same time.For all the results visit