Team SA finalise Lifesaving World Championship squad

Cape Town - KwaZulu-Natal's female lifesavers will double as Team South Africa's senior women's squad at the Lifesaving World Championship to be held in Adelaide, Australia.

The sport's biggest event takes place from November 21-25.

The KZN super six were brilliant at the General Tire National Club Championships in Port Elizabeth and as immense at the General Tire Interprovincials in Durban.

Marine, who won the overall South African National Club title, make up five of the six places, with South Africa's 2017 Female Lifesaving Athlete of the Year Carmel Billson the leading star.

Mandi Martiz, who has dominated the sprint and flags events for the last decade, has been selected alongside rising star Bianca von Bargen. Maritz, of Durban Surf, breaks the Marine monopoly in the senior squad.

Marine is also well represented in the Men's Senior Squad through South African Commonwealth swimmer Martin Binedell and Joshua Saunders, South Africa's Iron Open Champion Nick Notten join older brother Dominic and veteran beach sprinter Ryle de Morny. TUKS's Johan Lourens completes the six.

The squad selection only allows for one male beach sprint specialist and De Morny's form in the Flags and Sprint saw him edge SA's 2017 and 2018 Sprint Champion Johnathan Rorke.

Rorke beat De Morny in both finals but De Morny has been without equal in the Flags.

Team South Africa World Championship Squad:


Bianca Von Bargen Marine Surf Lifesaving Club

Keyta Purchase Marine Surf Lifesaving Club

Carmel Billson Marine Surf Lifesaving Club

Sasha-Lee Corris Nordengen Marine Surf Lifesaving Club

Kristin Bellingan Marine Surf Lifesaving Club

Mandi Maritz Athlete Durban Surf


Joshua Saunders Marine Surf Lifesaving Club

Ryle Rene De Morny False Bay Surf Lifesaving Club

Johan Lourens TUKS Lifesaving

Nicholas Notten Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club

Dominic Notten Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club

Martin Christian, Johann Binedell Marine Surf Lifesaving Club


Sulinke van den Berg Manguang Lifesaving

Alice Edward Suncoast Pirates Lifesaving Club

Paige Horn uMhlanga Rocks Surf Lifesaving Club

Ally Chislett Suncoast Pirates Lifesaving Club

Tamryn McKie Marine Surf Lifesaving Club

Kira Bester Strand Surf Lifesaving Club 


Milan Erasmus Durban Surf

Juan Pierre van Zyl Harties Reflections

Connor Botha Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal

Matthew Fenn East London Surf Lifesaving Club

Daniel Jacobs Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club

Calvin Coetzee Suncoast Pirates Lifesaving Club

*Lifesaving SA combined with the sports primary sponsor General Tire South Africa and the National Lotteries Commission to finance the squad's travels and ensure the selection of the strongest squad

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