Woodridge College's Amica de Jager now a world champion

SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

In the very year that Woodridge College celebrates its 50th birthday, the school is very proud of its first world champion!

Woodridge College pupil, surf lifesaver and St Francis Bay resident, Amica de Jager will return home this week from 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 at this prestigious event where she competed against the best lifesavers in the world. 

"She 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)," said Anthony de Villiers, Woodridge CollegeDirector of Marketing.

"Woodridge SLC perform voluntary beach patrols on Main Beach St Francis Bay on Sundays during summer."

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 4x25m Manikin Relay and the 4x50m Medley Relay events and she won a World Bronze Medal in the Oceanwoman Relay. 

"Amica achieved a 6th place in the Surf Swim and a 7th place in the individual Oceanwoman Event (swim, board, ski)," said de Villiers.

"At World Club Championships, Amica achieved Silver Medals in both the Surf Swim and the Oceanwoman (swim, board, ski). 

"Amica achieved a Gold medal in the Tube Rescue Relay and a Gold medal in the Taplin Relay (swim, board, ski, run)."

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

"Congratulations too must go to her Coach, local legend Haydn Holmes of LIQUID LINES," said de Villiers. 

"Haydn, 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.

"All of St Francis Bay, Lifesaving Sarah Baartman and Woodridge College salute this fine young South African World Champion and congratulate her on these amazing results!"