KwaZulu-Natal’s Carmel Billson stole the show at the General Tire Lifesaving South Africa Inter-Provincial Championships in Durban.
Lifesaving South Africa, for the first time, combined the Pool and Surf competitions into one elite Inter-Provincial competition, that encompasses the Nippers, Juniors and Seniors.
Billson was instrumental in Marine’s overall success at the recent National Club Championships in Port Elizabeth, and in Durban, South Africa’s most celebrated lifesaving female was in brilliant form for her province.
Billson broke two Pool national records and scored the most individual points.
The Pool competition, formerly known as Stillwater, is traditionally an inland discipline, but the star-studded KZN team emphatically showed their talents extend beyond the surf.
Billson led the charge, with KZN’s Kristin Bellingan also breaking a national record.
Gauteng’s Johan Lourens, part of the National Pool Squad, was the top performing senior male and Free State’s Sulinka van den Berg was at the forefront of the female’s junior competition.
KZN’s Martin Binedell, who recently competed at the Commonwealth Games as part of Team South Africa’s swimming squad, was also in good form in winning the Men’s 200m Obstacle Race.
Milan Erasmus, another of KZN’s internationals, won the Open Line throw event.
Free State’s Guilma Lausberg (girls) and Pieter Delport (boys) were the stars among the Nippers.