PORT Elizabeth, the home of action and adventure sports, will play host to the biggest lifesaving competition in South African history with the General Tire Lifesaving South African National Masters, Senior, Juniors and Nipper Championships exclusive to the city for the first time from Saturday, March 31 to Saturday, April 7.
More than 2 000 competitors will compete to be called the best in the country and only the best of the best will be picked to represent South Africa at the Lifesaving World Championships in Australia later in the year.
“This is a result of huge efforts by lifesaving clubs in attracting more people, especially the youth to this growing sport and the vision of our sponsor, General Tire, to bring the Championships to one central home, Port Elizabeth,” commented Dylan Tommy, president of Lifesaving South Africa. “More than 5000 people take part in lifesaving events annually, in pools, open water and on the beach. The sport plays a critical role in our national drowning prevention strategy,” he continued.
Ian Langlands, general manager of Continental Tyre SA, said, “The General Tire brand is one of adventure and possibilities in that we believe anything is possible.
“Our sponsorship and investment in Lifesaving South Africa’s National Championships is an extension of this thinking because these men, women, boys and girls, through their performance at the respective General Tire Provincial Championships have consistently shown us that anything is possible in the water and on the beach sand.”
The championships promises to be a spectator extravaganza, with a number of lifesaving events over the eight days and entertainment for the whole family.