She dominated the recent General Tire Lifesaving South Africa National Championships in the flags and sprint disciplines, and has been among the most consistent performers on the global circuit.
The Sanyo Cup is an annual beach competition hosted by the Japan Lifesaving Association, and next weekend celebrates the 10th anniversary.
The world’s best (New Zealand) will be joined by Australia, Netherlands, USA, South Africa and Hong Kong, while hosts Japan will field an ‘A’ and ‘B’ team.
This year’s event will be held at the
Maritz won as a junior in
KwaZulu-Natal’s Carmel Billson will also get an opportunity to transfer her national form on to the international stage.
Billson has been in stunning form in the past 12 months, and has been the stand-out competitor in domestic competitions.
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Billson won a record 17 titles in 2016, and won the overall female category at the 2017 General Tire/LSA National Championships.
Maritz, Billson and Daniel Jones will have a greater appreciation of their international standing, and young
Odendaal was a late replacement for
Thomson knows the threat of
Jess Miller leads the Kiwis for the third time at the Sanyo Cup, and is the Ironwoman champion from 2016.
“We have a lot of experience we can tap into. However, with a new venue and different countries in attendance, there is still an element of the unknown, which makes it exciting. We are expecting flat, long racing conditions, and it will likely be very hot.”Weekend Argus