Treble Response to COVID-19

Given the recent developments of the COVID-19 outbreak in South Africa, the Treble team are taking no chances by actively playing our role in limiting the spread of this highly contagious virus.

The safety of the South African public is of utmost importance to us at all times, which has led to a number of our events being postponed. While we await certain reviews and directives by the South African Government, our staff will be working from home to ensure that we are adequately prepared to resume normal operations once the worst part of this pandemic has passed.

We will be prepared to the best of our ability and mindful of the challenges we are currently facing. We as South Africans, and citizens of the world, are united in limiting the spread of COVID-19 for the greater good.

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Lifesaving South Africa cancels National Champs over Covid-19 pandemic

The global Covid-19 pandemic has been declared a State of Disaster in South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday 15 March after an emergency cabinet meeting was held to implement social distancing measures to stop the spread of the virus in South Africa. Some of the restrictions and prohibitions include restrictions on non-essential domestic and international travel, closing schools, and prohibiting events that involve the gathering of more than 100 people.

In light of the announcement, Lifesaving South Africa acknowledges the State President’s declaration of a State of Disaster and has cancelled the Wimpy South African Lifesaving National Champs scheduled for 19-25 March 2020 in Port Elizabeth with immediate effect.

Following an emergency meeting held by the Lifesaving SA board members on Friday 13 March, Lifesaving South Africa was guided by authorities to consider postponement or cancellation of the event. “We have been monitoring the development of the coronavirus pandemic and having consulted with the Department of Health, provincial and national authorities, and with the full support of all the events sponsors and partners, the difficult decision was made to cancel the event. The health and safety of the athletes, volunteers, staff, sponsors and the South African public are our priority,” explained Lifesaving South Africa’s President Dhaya Sewduth.

“The safety of the South African public is of paramount importance to us at all times. Wimpy as the headline sponsor of the Lifesaving South African National Championships is in support of the cancellation of this week’s upcoming National Championships scheduled to take place in Port Elizabeth,” said Jacques Cronje, Marketing Executive, Famous Brands.

“We acknowledge the hard work and commitment that all the athletes, officials, clubs, sponsors, the Local Organizing Committee and event management have undertaken in preparation for the event. However, we emphasize that we are an organisation whose focus is on savings lives and we have a responsibility and commitment to the country to protect and save lives through any means possible” said Craig van Rooyen, Director of Sport for Lifesaving South Africa.

Lifesaving South Africa will in due course announce further details on the status of the Wimpy South African Lifesaving National Champs 2020.

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The Countdown Begins!

As we begin the two-week countdown to one of our favourite sporting events, the Treble Group is happy to announce that Port Elizabeth, home of action and adventure sports, will for the third successive year play host to the very best of South Africa’s lifesaving talent.

As the exclusive commercial and marketing agency to Lifesaving South Africa, the Treble team have worked tirelessly in the buildup to ensure a world-class event with a strong family-orientated element. The Wimpy South African Lifesaving National Championships is one of the biggest sporting events on the Nelson Mandela Bay calendar with over 1 700 competitors from 40 national clubs competing in more than 500 events over the week. This great event is South Africa’s ‘Olympics’ of the lifesaving community.

Lifesaving South Africa and Craig van Rooyen Director of Sport; combined with Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Nelson Mandela Bay Lifesaving, Kings Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, and Lifesaving SA’s sponsors and partners, Wimpy, General Tire, Aquelle, Score, Dairy Maid and the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation SA have ensured the very best of South Africa’s lifesavers will spend over a week in the city, with the popular Nippers’ competition and the Senior elite competing in Port Elizabeth in both surf and pool events.

The family-friendly event will take place once again from 19 to 25 March 2020 with 1700 lifesavers taking to the surf and pool to determine the best individuals and club in South Africa. South Africa’s best male and female lifesaving athletes who have been selected for the junior and senior high performance squads will compete in Port Elizabeth in preparation for the World Championship in Italy later this year, as well as at the Sanyo Cup in Japan and the Spanish Cup in Spain also taking place later this year.

This year the Nippers Surf and Opening Ceremony will start proceedings on 19 March. The Juniors and Seniors will kick off the Pool events, while the Nippers brave the sand and surf for the first half of the competition. The Masters Surf competition will take place on 22 March followed by the pool championship on 23 March. The Nippers will battle it out in the pool from March 23 while the Juniors and Seniors will conclude the national championships with three days on the beach from 23 to 25 March.

Another feature sees the return of surf boating, with 10 crew, including ladies and men’s crews, competing in the Score Surf Boat Shoot out from 23 to 25 March. Surf Boating has grown in the past two years since the first Shoot Out in 2017 and the Boaties will compete for the number one position in a series of races over three days. Surf Boat racing is hard to beat and a hugely exciting aspect of surf lifesaving. There are plenty of thrills and spills to be seen in this event and is a spectacular spectator event.


Thursday, 19 March: Opening Ceremony 7:30am

Thursday 19 – Saturday 21 March: Nippers Surf

Thursday 19 – Saturday 21 March: Juniors and Seniors Pool

Sunday 22 March: Masters Surf

Monday 23 March: Masters Pool

Monday 23 – Tuesday 24 March: Nippers Pool

Monday 23 – Wednesday 25 March: Seniors and Juniors Surf

Monday 23 – Wednesday 25 March: Surf Boat Shoot Out

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