Local lifesaver a world champion

2016-09-22 06:00
Amica de Jager. Photo: SUPPLIED

Amica de Jager. Photo: SUPPLIED

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WOODRIDGE College pupil, surf lifesaver and St Francis Bay resident, Amica de Jager, returns home this week from the World Lifesaving Championships in the Netherlands as a World Champion.

Amica, a Woodridge Surf Lifesaving Club member, represented South Africa as a member of the Junior Springbok Lifesaving Team where she competed against the best lifesavers in the world. Amica then went on to represent Durban Surf Lifesaving Club at the World Lifesaving Club Championships held at the same venue (as Woodridge SLC do not attend this event).

She achieved a gold medal in the Tube Rescue Relay and a gold medal in the Tap-lin Relay (swim, board, ski, run). She furthermore won silver medals in both the Surf Swim and the Oceanwoman (swim, board, ski) events.

Amica recently earned her second Springbok cap when she was selected to represent the South African National Lifesaving Team at the Orange Cup, which will take place in Holland in November.

Amica, who is the Woodridge College Grade 11 Dux student, is a surf and pool competitor who specializes in the swim, board and ski paddling events. She is a member of the national team who set new SA records in the 4 x 25m Manikin Relay and the 4 x 50m Medley Relay events, and she won a world bronze medal in the Oceanwoman Relay.

Haydn Holmes of Liquid Lines, who as a Woodridge Surf Lifesaver also represented South Africa at World Lifesaving Championships in Japan in the 1990’s, is Amica’s instructor in swimming as well as board and ski paddling.

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