Mayor Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality
The surf lifesaving fraternity and its service to society is critical to our aspiration of providing safe swimming beaches in our City. Our vision is to be “An iconic friendly ocean City driven by innovation, service excellence and economic development- a destination of choice”. Your services give impetus to this vision.
We recognize and appreciate the importance of your contribution to surf lifesaving in South Africa. We attest to this remarkable institution of selfless men and women, from all walks of life who are involved in surf lifesaving clubs. You volunteer yourselves for the common interest to serve selflessly often at personal cost to become lifeguards in order to keep our beaches safe, learning new lifesaving skills. And for the sheer joy and fun of the sport
The Championship adds so much value to our city’s status as a premier water sports destination. Certainly an event we are immensely proud of and an event that boasts an unmatched element of competition and camaraderie.
Needless to say, our lifesaving fraternity is pivotal through their ongoing support and their role to maintain international standards on our beaches. This is made possible through the role of Lifesaving South Africa, all our clubs and their official sponsor General Tire, through its commitment to drowning prevention, water safety supervision, emergency response and overall promotion of the sport.
We wish all the lifeguards and their respective clubs a great championship and invite participants, visitors and spectators alike to take some time off to experience the uniqueness and splendor of our magnificent City, its beaches and pristine coastline that takes pride of place as one of our flagship attractions.
To everyone involved in the organization, management, marketing and sponsorship of the championship, we wish you all a great time in the Bay and may you take home happy memories from the 2018 General Tire South African Lifesaving Championship.
Whenever change occurs many people are apprehensive, but I know when the lifesaving family works together we can achieve anything. I am therefore confident that the General Tire South African Lifesaving National Championships 2018 will be a great success and thank everyone for supporting the idea of unifying our great movement.
I wish all the competitors the best of luck, but would like to remind all competitors, young and old, that these championships act as a reward for your dedication to the lifesaving service we provide and that its primary aim is to improve your lifesaving skills. I would also like to remind our nippers and their supporters that nippers are about fun in the sun and making lifelong friends. It is therefore very important to the management of Lifesaving South Africa that all the competitors at these championships compete with a spirit of sportsmanship and fair play.
To Lifesaving Nelson Mandela Bay, the organising committee and everyone who has played a part in making these championships possible. I know it was a huge ask to put four of our national championships together into one event over one week, but we couldn’t have picked a better venue. The Nelson Mandela Bay team has never let us down in the past and I know these championships will be the best we have hosted to date.
To the officials, these championships will be very demanding and I fully acknowledge that without you we cannot host these events. I therefore extend a huge thank you to you for your time and dedication to the sport of lifesaving.
To General Tire and other sponsors who have generously contributed to the success of this event – I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you on behalf of all the members of Lifesaving South Africa. To Treble and all the support services – thank you.
To our host city Nelson Mandela Bay, thank you for your contribution and welcoming the lifesaving family to your home.