Margate Saints Surf Lifesaving Club has a new partner

On the run: Gene Prato from Winkelspruit Saints Lifesaving Club competes in the run, swim, run event.

ALL those who took part in the Southern KZN Lifesaving Champs held at St Michael’s beach last weekend can be tremendously proud of their performance.

The competition was the culmination of two years of hard work in getting the club back on track.

The pinnacle of this competition was the announcement of a partnership that has been formed between SMG South Coast and Margate Saints Surf Lifesaving Club.

SMG South Coast, through the leadership of Darren Staats and his team, has been promoting a healthy lifestyle for a while and it is this synergy that has led him, SMG and Margate Saints to this partnership.

“We need to keep our youth fit and on the coast. By providing the club with the necessary funding and resources, we can guarantee the sustainability of this long-revered lifesaving club and, by doing this, the club in turn, can provide our youth with a potential career path.” said Mr Staats.

A total of six clubs took part over a two-day competition divided into two parts, juniors and seniors on the Saturday and the Nippers on the Sunday.

Clubs which took part were Amanzimtoti, Winkelspruit, Warnerdoone, Fast Track, Scottburgh and Margate Saints.

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Margate Saints competed in water events such as surf-ski paddling, surf swimming and Taplin Relay in trying conditions.

The surf conditions deteriorated further and the result was that all water events were cancelled for the Sunday. This saw teams compete in events such as long run, flags and beach sprint relays.

In action: Taking part in the beach flags event are the senior men.

Margate Saints SMG secured the following results: One gold medal to Siyabulela Mkhize in the surf-ski event; four silver medals went to Aphiwe Mbhele in the run, swim, run (RSR), Siyabulela Mkhize (RSR), Aphiwe Mbhele and Prince Nkonyeni for beach run.

The club also took five bronze medals – Sbu Shinga for (RSR), Aphiwe Mbhele (board rescue), Aphiwe Mbhele (surf swim), Njabulo Ngeleka and Mcebisi Zweni for beach run.

This secured Margate Saints SMG a creditable fourth place overall with an aggregate of 96 points and a total of 10 medals. This was a huge achievement and a huge re-entry to the competitive arena.

The club would like to thank Mr Staats and Merle Seaton of SMG South Coast for the generous sponsorship and everyone else who contributed in making the event a success.

Margate Saints SMG is always on the lookout for potential members, young and old, so get down to Saints on a Sunday or contact chairman, Leon Garbade of Margate Saints SMG Lifesaving Club at 039 3121291.

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Sugan Naidoo
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