Sensational Schoeman 'steels' the show in Milnerton

Teenager Jake Schoeman was the undisputed king of the Western Cape Wimpy Lifesaving South Africa Provincial Club Championships, held at Milnerton.

Schoeman won the prestigious IronMan senior and junior titles to complete a rare double.

Schoeman, competing for champions Fish Hoek, had just returned from training in Australia's ultra-competitive lifesaving environment.

Milnerton's 19-year-old Ryan Chandler also starred in wining the senior and under 19 male Run-Swim-Run titles.

Fish Hoek, the defending provincial and national interclub champions, again proved too powerful collectively and maintained their recent dominance in the sport.

Fish Hoek scored a whopping 947 points, with Llandudno second with 638.5 points and Clifton third with 632 points. Clifton's juniors finished second to Fish Hoek, who won the senior, junior and overall divisions.

Schoeman showcased the quality of depth within Fish Hoek, with the club the favourite to take overall gold in the Wimpy Lifesaving South Africa National Inter-Club Championships in Port Elizabeth from 19-25 March. Fish Hoek are particularly strong in the lifesaving's surf and will be further boosted with the return of several Team South Africa veterans.

Several of the Fish Hoek elite should also feature prominently in the national squad to compete at the World Championships in Italy in September.

South Africa's National Beach Flags champion Ryle de Morny, formerly of False Bay, was competing in the KwaZulu-Natal provincial club championships. De Morny has owned the event in the Western Cape in the last decade and with him not eligible to compete Alpha's Lyle Petersen took gold in the Flags.

Team South Africa squad member Sameer Matthew placed third behind Petersen and Fish Hoek's Zakariyaa Abrahams.

Canada's Sandrine Hamel, training in South Africa and competing for Llandudno, won the Iron Woman, Surf Ski and Flags events, while Germany's Andrea Eling, in the colours of Fish Hoek, triumphed in the under 19 Flags and was second in the senior event.

Fish Hoek's Candice Murray excelled in winning the Board Race and finishing second in the Surf Ski, Surf Swim and Iron Woman races.


- Western Cape Lifesaving

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