Cape Town - Team South
Africa’s Youth squad produced the country’s best ever collective performance at
the Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide, Australia.
finished fourth among 16 countries and remarkably every one of the 12-strong
contingent won a medal, with Milan Erasmus and Connor Botha combining to smash
the world record in the Pool Line Throw event.
won the Youth competition, with New Zealand second, France third and Great
Open squad finished sixth among 34 countries.
Australia edged rivals New Zealand for the overall title.
2. New Zealand
6. South Africa
South Africa's Ryle de Morny was at his most brilliant to
triumph in the Open men's flags. De Morny took gold to reaffirm his status as
the country's most celebrated performer at the World Championships over the
The Notten brothers, Nicholas
and Dominic, also enjoyed a strong competition.
Dominic got bronze in
the board race, with Nicholas fourth.
Nicholas earlier in the
competition also took gold in the surf ski and it was a golden weekend for
South Africa’s youth males in the Pool, with Connor Botha and Milan Erasmus
combining for their world record in the line throw.
Matthew Fenn and Ally Chislett
also won silver in the youth surf ski and surf swim, respectively.
Connor Botha celebrated his
17th birthday with a third place in the board race and Daniel Jacobs also got a
bronze in the surf ski.
Mandi Maritz, in the Open
women's sprint, also won silver.
Team South Africa’s Kira
Bester, Tamryn McKie, Alice Edward and Milan Erasmus won gold on the opening
day in the junior mixed simulated emergency rescue competition (SERC).
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Team South Africa squads:
Sasha-Lee Corris Nordengen
(captain), Keyta Purchase, Carmel Billson, Bianca von Bargen, Kristin
Bellingham (all Marine), Mandi Maritz (Durban Surf)
Senior men Ryle de Morny (captain, False Bay), Josh Saunders
(Marine), Martin Binedell (Marine), Johan Lourens (Tuks), Nick Notten, Dominic
Notten (Fish Hoek)
Sullyke van den Berg
(Manguang), Alice Edward (captain), Ally Chislett (both Pirates), Tamryn McKie
(Navy), Paige Horn (Umhlanga), Kira Bester (Beach)
Milan Erasmus (Captain Durban
Surf), Juan Pierre van Zyl (Harties Reflections), Connor Botha (Umhlanga),
Matthew Fenn (East London), Daniel Jacobs (Fish Hook), Calvin Coetzee (Pirates)