Strand Surf Lifesavers shine at SA champs

Megan Kreft and Kira Bester of Strand Life Saving Club at the 2017 Lifesaving South Africa Stillwater National Championships in Durban.

Megan Kreft and Kira Bester represented the Strand Surf Lifesaving Club at the 2017 Lifesaving South Africa Stillwater National Championships, that took place from Thursday April 27 to Sunday April 30 in Durban. Both stillwater and surf lifesaving clubs from all over the country competed at this event.

Marine Surf Lifesaving Club was crowned as the overall club winner, with Harties Reflections in second place and Durban Surf ending in third place.

It was the first time that Strand Surf Lifesaving Club competed at this event, where the battle for the crown gets fought out in both the pool and surf.

Stillwater lifeguards guard over the dams, rivers, lakes and pools of our country, while surf lifeguards guard our beaches.

Big Bay, False Bay, Alpha and Strand were the only surf lifesaving clubs from the Western Cape that competed, with Bellville and X-stream stillwater clubs representing the Western Cape at the championships.

Strand, with its two competitors, finished as the third Western Cape club and boasts seven individual medals. Megan received bronze medals for the 200m obstacle pool swim and the 100m tube tow event in the pool. She also won bronze for the run swim run and the surf swim events which took place at Addington Beach on the last day of the championships. She also won silver for the Malibu board race.

Kira won a gold medal for the Malibu board race and received a bronze medal in the iron lady event.

Both girls represented the Western Cape Stillwater team, which ended in an overall third place at the Interprovincial Championships.

Megan and Kira are on the Lifesaving SA’s 2017 Surf HP and Trialist to attend the trails for the International Surf Rescue Challenge, in New Zealand in December.