General Tire’s extension of its sponsorship of Lifesaving South Africa has ensured that South Africa will send its strongest team to the Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide, Australia in November. The National team will compete in both the youth and open events taking place from 17 November until 2 December 2018.
General Tire, Lifesaving SA (the Federation) and the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) combined to offset the costs and give the sport’s best athletes the opportunity to represent South Africa. Since announcing the national squad earlier this year, the full team has participated in several training camps, culminating in Johannesburg for an invitational gala hosted by the Ekurhuleni District Lifesaving Association on the 26th and 27th October 2018 in Germiston.
This was followed by an awards evening at Serengeti Golf Estate where the team were presented with their South African colours, receiving their blazers from Lifesaving South Africa’s President, Dylan Tommy, Billy Holmes, Regional Sales Manager Continental Tyre (SA) and acting Chief Executive Officer of SASCOC, Patience Shikwambana.
Continental Tyre (SA) marketing manager Ian Langlands said: “We are appreciative of the sacrifice made all year round by the athletes in the effort they put in all over South Africa to create safer water environments. We also understand the importance of South Africa’s international standing as one of the powerhouses of the sport. We are proud to support the athletes who will be travelling to Australia to represent our country.’
New Zealand are the current world champions, while Australia has consistently been the dominant powerhouse in the sport. South Africa has enjoyed a top three billing over the years and remains an international force in lifesaving.