Lifesavers in action

Some nippers taking a stroll down the Hout Bay beach after their event.

Hout Bay put on a glorious show to host its first Western Province nippers lifesaving championships last weekend. The wind dropped only an hour before teams from as far as Plettenberg Bay descended on the beach for two days of thrilling competition on the sand and sea. Even the dolphins arrived on cue to surf the waves and delight the visitors from near and far.

Llandudno Surf Lifesaving Club (LSLC) and Hout Bay Surf Lifesaving Club (HBSLC) hosted the event which was made possible by a huge team of volunteers and local sponsors. Paul Broxis, nippers officer for LSLC, said: “It has been such a pleasure to host so many people from across the Western Cape. Hout Bay really was at its spectacular best. All the clubs’ nippers competed well and in great spirits. I am very proud of LSLC and HBSLC for pulling together to deliver such a prestigious event and would like to thank each person and business for their contribution.” Fishhoek Lifesaving Club triumphed on the day with Clifton third and LSLC settling for second place after a hard-fought competition between 600 nippers aged between 8 and 14. The event was the youngsters’ final test before they meet again to battle for national glory at the SA nippers lifesaving championships in Port Elizabeth in two weeks’ time.

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