DHL Lifesaving South African Championships returns to Gqeberha

The 2023 DHL Lifesaving South African Championships has kicked off and runs through to 5 April in Gqeberha, home of action and adventure sports.

It’s been a busy month for the Treble team, who have been working behind the scenes to deliver the DHL Lifesaving SA Champs, while also prepping for matchday duties for the Heineken European Cup knockout clash at DHL Stadium in the ‘DHL Derby’ between the DHL Stormers and Harlequins.

As the exclusive commercial and marketing agency to DHL Lifesaving South Africa, while also being the brand activation agency for DHL Express in Sub-Saharan Africa, Treble has worked tirelessly to deliver this world-class lifesaving event.

It’s been richly rewarding to see months of planning coming to fruition and a rare privilege to witness over 1500 of the country’s lifesaving specialists competing in the surf and sand at Kings Beach, and at the pool events at Newton Park Swimming Pool.  The Championships brings families from across the country in a celebration and culmination of the Lifesaving season.

The LSA Federation’s executives Craig van Rooyen (LSA Director of Sport)and Helen Herbert (LSA General Manager) together with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality; and Lifesaving SA’s sponsors and partners, DHL, Treble Group, National Lotteries Commission, Department of Sport and Recreationand the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation SA, collectively have worked to ensure that all championship events – both surf and pool – go ahead safely.

NMBM Mayoral Committee Member for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Cllr Bassie Kamana said the Metro had the most beautiful beaches in the country, so it is only fitting for an event such as the DHL Lifesaving South African Championships to be held in NMB.

“We have hosted the event many times and are excited to see lifesavers return to NMB. We welcome supporters and families to NMB and trust that you’ll enjoy your stay. We continue to establish NMB as a preferred sporting destination and welcome the economic injection into the City,” MMC Kamana said.

The seven-day championship event takes place during the school holidays to accommodate the Junior and Nipper divisions. Last year saw a limited number of spectators permitted due to COVID-19 restrictions but for the first time since 2019, the event is open to the public, who are welcome to cheer on their lifesaving heroes.

“I am proud to be part of such a prestigious event and look forward to action packed events, top performances, and great competition in both pool and surf over the seven days in Gqeberha. On behalf of LSA, we wish all the members the best of luck, safe travels, and an enjoyable week at the event,” said Craig van Rooyen, LSA Director of Sport.

Programme of Events:

30 March: Opening Ceremony (Kings Beach)

30 March – 1 April: Junior and Seniors Surf Competition (Kings Beach)

30 March – 1 April: Surf Boat Competition (Kings Beach)

31 March – 2 April: Nipper Pool Competition (Newton Park Pool)

1 April: Masters Pool Competition (Newton Park Pool)

2 April: Masters Surf Competition (Kings Beach)

3 April – 5 April: Nipper Surf Competition (Kings Beach)

3 April – 5 April: Juniors and Seniors Pool Competition (Newton Park Pool)

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