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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