PRESS RELEASE BY UGU SOUTH COAST TOURISM:
Causing an upset at the Lifesaving SA Champs 2017 recently, 21-year-old Scottburgh lifesaver, Johnathan Rorke, has been heralded a hero locally.
Johnathan beat two times sprint World champion, Ryle De Morny, who has been competing internationally for the past 6 years, in the Men’s final 90m beach sprint in Cape Town. This sent a shockwave through the sport news channels, as well as social media.
As a member of the Scottburgh Surf Livesaving Club, Rorke will now go on to represent his club in the interclub events at Worlds. He also has his eyes on potential SA colours and will be competing in trials for the SA team to attend Life Saving World Champs in Adelaide, Australia in November 2018.
Funding of this kind of event can be around R50 000 per member, a staggering sum for a local or non-profit club to produce. As Scottburgh Surf Lifesaving Club says “We do not want to lose this local talent to the larger Durban clubs who have considerable corporate sponsorship. Thanks to our current sponsors such as National Lotteries Commission (Lotto) and SAPPI, we are able to partially fund some of these costs, but additional sponsorship is required in order for Johnathan and Scottburgh Surf Lifesaving Club to have a presence at the next World Champs.”
Due to funding, Scottburgh Surf Lifesaving Club was only able to send two competitors to the SA Champs. Lifesaver and current acting Club Captain, Siphiwe Otto Ndlovu (known as Otto) were also funded and came 14 th in the long run. Scottburgh Surf Lifesaving Club reached 13 th place overall in the 2017 General Tire South Africa LSA Surf Lifesaving National Championships Senior final point score.
Scottburgh Surf Lifesaving Club will be holding fund raising events from now until then in order to assist with training, equipment for the club and to get their champion competitors to the level where they need to be in order to continue making Scottburgh proud and mapped in the world of lifesaving.
With the great example set and interest created by Rorke, Scottburgh Surf Lifesaving Club hopes to increase their membership and create the same opportunity and training ground for lifesavers from Nipper levels through to Juniors and Seniors (from ages of 15 upward). As Rorke proved, Scottburgh is ready to go up against the rest, regionally, nationally and even internationally.
Scottburgh Surf Lifesaving Club is a non-profit voluntary community service organisation that relies heavily on sponsorships and fund raising to keep the Club afloat, keep champions like Rorke within their Club and to provide a voluntary, quality drowning prevention service to the community, which is their main focus.
Anyone who would like to assist with funding is requested to contact Trevor McAlpine on email firstname.lastname@example.org.