VIDEO: Eastern Cape lifesaving clubs make great headway in 2017 LSA Nipper Nationals at Kings Beach
The 2017 General Tire Lifesaving South Africa Surf Nipper Nationals took to the Kings Beach shores in Port Elizabeth, which spanned from the 6th until the 8th of April.
The Nipper Nationals saw 24 lifesaving clubs along the entire coastal stretch of South Africa take part, including Port Elizabeth’s Kings Beach, Summerstrand and Hobie Beach clubs and the East London lifesaving club.
Adverse sea and weather conditions did suspend proceedings on Friday and Saturday, and as a result 25% of the events could not be completed, being mainly sea surf events, thus no official club winner could have be crowned at the Nationals.
However, as the results table stood at the end of day two; waving Port Elizabeth’s flag up high, Kings Beach positioned fourth overall, with Summerstrand placing sixth. Hobie Beach tied with False Day at last place, while East London finished seventh overall.
Durban Surf lifesaving club took the honours of shadowing above the rest, placing first on the aforementioned standings.
The nippers, aged between eight and 14, took part in various events at the Nippers Nationals in their respective age groups to accumulate the overall points’ tally, which included: beach flags' events, one-km beach runs, beach sprints, competitive bodyboarding, run/swim/run events, sprinting relays, beach run relays and bodyboarding relay events.
Although all events were performed on a competitive scale, the skills learnt in these lifesaving drills are deemed not only as a sport, but a life skill – for the prevention of drowning and voluntary lifesaving for beach goers in general.
Some notable performances from Eastern Cape Nippers:
Emma Halloran from Summerstrand winning the U9 Female Beach Flags.
Chelsea Main from Kings Beach placing third and Kaitlyn Baxter from Summerstrand placing fourth in the U9 Female Run/Swim/Run.
Leo Stone from Summerstrand winning the U9 Male Beach Run and Noah Davis from East London winning the U9 Male Beach Sprint.
Michael Russell from East London coming third in both the U9 Male Bodyboard and the Run/Swim/Run.
Yanelisa Nomoyi from Kings Beach winning the U10 Female Beach Sprint, with Angelica Loyson from Summerstrand coming second.
Annemi de Villiers from Summerstrand coming third in the U10 Female Run/Swim/Run and Attie Busakwe from Kings Beach coming third in the U10 Male Beach Run.
Summerstrand Team coming third in the U10 Mixed Beach Relay.
Madison Bright from Kings Beach coming third in the Female U11 Beach Flags, while winning the U11 Female Beach Sprint.
Daniel Breetzke from East London winning the Male U11 Beach Run.
Jenna Tarr from East London coming second in the U12 Female Beach Flags.
Kings Beach having four places in the top five of the Male U12 Beach Flags in Nomoyi Siphosethu (1st), Matthew Kingston (3rd), Luke Vencenzie (4th) and Timothy Barnes (5th). Nomoyi Siphosethu also won the U12 Male Beach Sprint.
Kings Beach Team then went on to win the U12 Mixed Beach Relay.
Emily Raath from East London coming third in the Female U13 Beach Run.
Joshua Voigt from Kings Beach, exceptionally winning the U13 Male Beach Flags, Beach Run and Beach Sprint events.
Chelsey Cooke from Kings Beach coming second in the Female U14 Beach Run and coming third in the Beach Sprint.
Caitlin Elliot and Hannah Weppelman from East London coming first and third in the Female U14 Board Race respectively.
Madison Malherbe from East London coming second in the Female U14 Run/Swim/Run, with Monique du Toit from Kings Beach coming third.
Monique du Toit then won the Feamle U14 Surf Swim.
Kings Beach Team then won the U14 Mixed Beach Relay.
Image: Nippers getting set for a Beach Flags' event race. Photo credits: David van der Merwe, LSA.
Watch for some snippets of the Nipper Nationals held at Kings Beach, Port Elizabeth
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