Port Elizabeth is a fascinating and significantly historical city that has always enjoyed its reputation as a laid-back seaside town. Here are some fascinating facts about “The Bay”:

  • Port Elizabeth is known as The Friendly City, The Windy City, Sport Elizabeth, Ibhayi, Nelson Mandela Bay, The 10-minute City (since everything is supposedly within a 10-minute drive) and Algoa Bay.
  • PE has a tropical coastal climate, making it relatively consistent throughout the year. The breeze off the sea keeps temperatures down significantly.
  • PE has hosted the Lifesaving South African National Championships in 2018 and 2019 and returns for 2020.
  • The global Iron Man™ competition is hosted by Port Elizabeth every year in April. This draws thousands of sportsmen and women from around the world, as well as spectators.
  • Port Elizabeth is the largest and most densely populated of the three towns comprising Nelson Mandela Bay.
  • PE is well known for its stunning beaches, which stretch for some 40 kilometres along the coast. Kings Beach will host the 2020 Wimpy Lifesaving South Africa National Championships. Kings Beach has Blue Flag status.
  • PE was one of the Host Cities for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and had to have a stadium built especially for this event.
  • Famous sportsmen that were born in PE include Wayne Parnell (South African cricketer), Schalk Burger (Springbok rugby player), Robin Peterson (South African cricketer) and Ashwell Prince (South African cricketer).
  • PE folk are known as Port Elizabethans.
  • The telephone area code is 041.
  • Port Elizabeth is situated approximately halfway between Durban and Cape Town making it the ideal location to host National Champs.



Dhaya Sewduth - President Lifesaving SA

I would like to welcome all our competitors, officials, parents and supporters to the 2020 national championships. Once again, we have the whole lifesaving sport family in one city, where over the course of this week we will see over 1600 competitors in action both at the pool and the beach.

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 is a huge task to put the national championships together into one event over one week, but we couldn’t have picked a better venue. The Nelson Mandela Bay team has garnered vast experience over the past 3 years 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 Wimpy, The Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, Aquelle, Score, Dairymaid 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.

Cnclr Bobani - Mayor Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

Cnclr Bobani

Mayor Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

On behalf of the Council of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, the Mayoral Committee and all residents, I extend my warmest welcome to all participants, their managers, the organisers, coaches and supports who have descended on the beautiful Bay to participate in the 2019 South African Lifesaving Championships.

We fully recognise the importance of this event, not only to the lifesavers themselves, but also to all South African communities, families and kids who use the sea and water for recreational and professional purposes. No doubt the strict training regime and prospect of these Championships has inspired many lifesavers all over the country to further hone their skills and lift their standards – to the benefit of the nation.

Visiting sportsmen and -women always remark on our wonderful weather (Nelson Mandela Bay is said to have the fourth-best coastal climate in the world!).  Our residents are accustomed to temperate champagne-type weather, and the temperature of our sea encourages swimming for many months of the year.

National Championships of the stature of this one requires precision, planning and organisation.  I am happy to state that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality will provide logistical and other support to Lifesaving SA to deliver very successful Championships. 

With a very strong field, and organisation running like a well-oiled machine, the Bay is set for a dynamic and exciting event.

I trust that our visiting lifesavers, support teams and spectators will thoroughly enjoy their brief stay in Nelson Mandela Bay and that they will find time to undertake some sight-seeing among our beautiful historic old buildings and many other attractions.

May you reach your best performance and may the months of preparation and hard work pay off!

Welcome in Nelson Mandela Bay once again!

Jacques Cronje - Marketing Executive, Wimpy

Wimpy has been a proud sponsor of Lifesaving South Africa since 2019

A year ago, when the opportunity arose to collaborate with Lifesaving South Africa, it was an obvious choice for us. As a family brand, we understand that the family concept has evolved overtime and we have evolved with it. Being South Africa`s most preferred family sit-down restaurant, we have constantly focused on co-creating and enhancing the family experience for our customers.

Pool days, fishing and beach vacations are long standing South African family traditions, which offer opportunities of water fun and adding smiles to our beautiful children’s faces. With this sponsorship, Wimpy is now able to not only provide family moments at our restaurants but also to be there next to the pool, on the beach and in the classroom when children are taught about water safety. 

Our sponsorship focusses on three main areas:

The LSA Duty Squads who are responsible for ensuring that the community is safe while on the beach and in pools.

The LSA Schools Water Smart Programme, where trained facilitators go out to schools to teach children about water safety.

Finally, sponsorship of this prestigious and iconic championship event that displays the skills and talent that South African lifeguards have to offer.

We would also like to extend a warm welcome to everyone that is participating in the championships as well as the supporters at large.  We commend you for the work that you do every day for the families we love, and we look forward to another year where you save lives, prevent drowning and promote water safety.   

All the best to all the participants – be safe and have fun!

Craig van Rooyen - Director of Sport LSA

The Wimpy Lifesaving 2020 National Championship will once again be hosted by the friendly city of Port Elizabeth and as always will be a prestigious event not to be missed.

With over 1600 competitors and 40 clubs attending ,  will see “the best of the best “ athletes showcase their talents and chase for the various titles of National champions.

Lifesaving South Africa would like to extend a warm welcome to all the athletes , clubs , officials and our sponsors and wish nothing but success and sportsmanship throughout the event.

Port Elizabeth offers the venues , facilities and conditions that are considered one of the top in our country to host the championship while ensuring each year the event grows from strength to strength.

A special thank you to all the national and local sponsors that make such an event possible to include Wimpy , Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality , aQuelle , Score ,  Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation , just to mention a few, these sponsors have helped us to ensure we can raise the bar each year and see various disciplines of our sport and age groups ranging from nippers to masters , still water and surf combined together over a week of breathtaking,  exciting and most of all exhilarating competition.

We are pleased to see such growth in the legendary SCORE  surf boat shoot out with 10 boats and both genders showing representation from all over the country , fighting through several events over 3 days to walk away as the champions.

Recognition is a must for the people that have put in all the efforts to ensure the event is well planned and a success in all aspects , the local organizing committees , the LSA officials , water safety team and crews as well as the local club members.

I would like to wish all athletes the best of luck for the competition , ensure to strive and compete with dignity , sportsmanship and integrity  which is a true showcase of lifesaving in our country.

Earl Ingram - Lifesaving Nelson Mandela Bay

On behalf of Lifesaving Nelson Mandela Bay and all our local clubs, we would like to extend a warm welcome all out of town clubs to our friendly city Port Elizabeth. Our local Organizing Committee is continuously striving to put on the best Nationals Champs possible. You would think that the Port Elizabeth has hosted the Nationals 4 years in a row that they cannot improve from the previous year but again you are in for a surprise. The 2020 Wimpy SA National Championship is going to be a tournament not to be missed.

Kings Beach Surf Lifesaving Club is once again transforming the beach front into a world class competition arena. Not to mention the entertainment line-up they have planned. Huge amounts of planning and hard work has gone into hosting this event. Thank you to our beach hosts Kings Beach Surf Lifesaving Club and Bluewater Bay Surf Lifesaving Club for their hard work they have put in.

All can agree with me that Continental Butchery and Deli served the tuck shop and the Officials with perfect food. Just like I said last year, and you have tasted the best pies in Port Elizabeth if not the world. They were so good that we had to get them to do the catering for us again. Continental Butchery and Deli will take care of all the catering needs at the pool including Masterton’s Coffee. Thank you to our pool hosts Seagulls, Hobie Beach Surf Lifesaving Club for the hard work you have put in to make the event a success.

To Lifesaving South Africa, Wimpy, Treble Group and our very own Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality we are more than thankful. Without your valuable contribution and sponsorship an event of such caliber would not be possible. Thank you very much for making it possible.

To all technical officials especially at the pool there will be a bar to unwind and fellowship after our daily official duties. This year I can only repeat myself when I say you deserve much more credit for what you are getting. Officiating for a full week is not easy at all. Good luck and strength for Nationals. 

To all competitors from nippers to masters I salute you. Together we can grow this sport beyond measures. Without you there is no National Championships to host. Without you there is no hope for future growth for the sport of lifesaving. Remember that not all of us can be winners but all of us can be good sportsmen. Compete in the spirit of lifesaving and have an amazing National Championship.




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