Three women from the Port Noarlunga Surf Life Saving Club have managed to win 12 medals at the Life Saving World Championships which was held at Glenelg Beach.
Over 17 days, November 16 - December 2, competitors battled it out in a range of individual and team events, despite horrible weather conditions and a large portion of the beach event area being damaged by weather, the event went off largely without a hitch. Lee Myatt, Jodi Kappler and Jemma Nguyen from SLSC Port Noarlunga who all compete in a range of Masters age divisions have had their training pay off and proved that South Australia is a forced to be reckoned with on the world stage. Between them the trio collected 6 gold medals, 5 silver medals and 1 bronze medal.
Solo events (in their respective age categories):
- Lee Myatt – 3 gold medals: Boards, Ski and 2 km Run. 1 silver medal: Ocean Women.
- Jodi Kappler – 1 silver medal: Boards. 1 bronze medal – Ski.
- Jemma Nguyen – 1 gold: 2 km Run, 2 silver – Surf Swim and Boards.
- Lee and Jemma – Gold Medal: Board Rescue.
- Lee, Jemma and Jodi – Gold Medal: Board Relay. Silver Medal: Ocean Woman Relay.
Jemma Nguyen who crossed the in first place in the 30 – 34 women’s 2 km said it’s good to see a lot of other countries from around the world competing.
Lee Myatt added that is was good to see all the clubs SA clubs getting together and supporting each other. Over in the men’s 30 – 34 division Ashley Frakes landed a bronze in the 2 km run and silver in the over 30’s ski. Talking about the 2 km run Ashley said he was pleased with how he ran considering the huge head wind competitors were forced to run into for part of the event.
Lood to see all the clubs SA clubs getting together and supporting each other.Lee Myatt
“The first 750 m was a sprint and then the rest of the race was just trying to handle the lactic acid.”
Alex Botha from Southport Surf Life Saving Club secured a bronze medal in the 35 – 39 2 km run. The Lifesaving World Championships attracted 4400 competitors to compete at events at both Glenelg Beach and the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre, competitors come from a 330 clubs and 44 different countries. In the lead up to the event CEO of Surf Life Saving South Australia Clare Harris saying the event will be a huge spectacle for people who come to watch the competitions.
“These are the strongest and most competitive athletes in surf lifesaving in the world. The men and women who race and compete are well versed in national and international competitions, and they are absolutely here to win that title,” she said.