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Around 2000 swimmers expected in Bay for South African Lifesaving National Championship

Mar 22, 2019
Around 2000 swimmers expected in Bay for South African Lifesaving National Championship

Port Elizabeth - In a boost for the Nelson Mandela Bay as a sports destination, the City is for the second successive year hosting the General Tyres South African Lifesaving National Championship.

“NELSON Mandela Bay’s reputation as a sporting city and the water sport capital of Africa is being strengthened today," those gathered at the national Life-saving Championship launch at Life Saving Club in King’s Beach were told.

Among the guest speakers at the launch were Nelson Mandela Bay’s Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani; Sport Recreation, Arts and Culture representative, Simphiwo Plaatjies; Convenor of SA Lifesaving in Nelson Mandela Bay, Craig Van Rooyen, and General Tyres Managing Director, Shaun Uys.

For the second successive year, Nelson Mandela Bay is hosting the General Tyres South African Lifesaving National Championship.

Addressing the stakeholders present, Mayor Bobani described the Lifesaving Championships as of great significance to a seaside city like Nelson Mandela Bay, also because it seeks to inspire young ones to learn more about sport.

“Swimming is not only a sport; it is also a life skill that one can use to save lives. On behalf of the city I would like to thank the organisers for their confidence in us as hosting city.

“We have done it before:  this year we promise to make it bigger and better. We are also excited about the many spin-offs of these championships for the city’s economy," said Executive Mayor Bobani.

"We are currently under pressure to create more economic streams, of which sport tourism is one. I can confidently say that we have made our mark and can grow from here together."

Around 2 000 swimmers expected for General Tyres South African Lifesaving National Championship

In 2018, 1 669 competitors from 41 national clubs competed in 528 events over an eight-day period, giving a welcome boost to the local hospitality industry, with some of the out-of-town competitors also bringing their families and friends. 

This year’s event will take place from 24 March to 30 March 2019, with close to 2 000 lifesavers taking to surf and pool to determine the best individuals and club in South Africa.

The event will be held at the Blue Flagged King’s Beach and at the Newton Park Swimming Pool.

Cllr Plaatjies vowed that the safety of the participants, supporters and fans would be prioritised.

He praised the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Beaches and Resorts Section for the excellent work done for the previous national Lifesaving Championship in the Bay, with the able support and assistance of the SAPS and Metro Police.

He was seconded by the General Tyres Managing Director, Shaun Uys, who also praised the heart-warming commitment shown by the roleplayers and stakeholders at the previous event.

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