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Who will be crowned King of the Beach?

False Bay Surf Lifesaving Club King of the Beach LogoThe much anticipated King of the Beach Series and Workshop started off with a bang on the 15th of August as FBSLC hosted the first leg of the series at Muizenberg beach. Athletes from all across the Cape were welcomed by double World Title holder, Ryle De Morny, as he explained how the series would operate and what he hoped the athletes would take away from the event as it was the first of its kind to be hosted in the country.

The series is to be held over four legs at different host beaches, with each leg consisting of beach flags, sprints, long run and a surf dash, with an optional beach relay if possible. With all of his international experience, having competed at four World Rescue Championships representing South Africa, Ryle aimed to bring the focus and approach to a new pre-season competition that the international lifesaving community have regarding beach events at top level.

Apart from getting the top competitive athletes together more frequently to improve their fitness and skill sets, Ryle hopes to impart some of the wealth of knowledge that he has learnt over the years, especially to the up and coming junior athletes.

LWP officials were kind enough to volunteer their services to ensure a fair and safe event was held.

Lifesaving Western Province Chief Competition Officer sharing officials knowledge and insider tips. We thank the LWP officials and judges for their assistance!

 

The first leg of the series saw a fantastic turnout despite some unpleasant, chilly weather conditions! Regardless, the athletes were all raring to go and ready to learn any new tips they could get. Lane draws were setup prior to the event starting via randomised selection so that athletes could prepare for their competition.

The series saw the return of a few big names who haven’t been on the lifesaving scene for a while with former National Title holder, Aimee Faulmann, making an appearance.

There were also a number of debutants competing who were simply there to hone their skills and take in as much advice as they could. After welcoming and explaining the format of the competition to the athletes, they were addressed by the officials who would be overseeing all events for the day before being taken for an extensive warm-up by Ryle himself.

Ryle giving the athletes a rundown of how the day would proceed before taking them through a thorough warm-up!

Ryle giving the athletes the competition pre-brief before taking them through the competition warmup to adopt for all competitions: lots of dynamic stretching and muscle activation techniques.

There was some stiff competition in the junior boys division, with results for the most part being completely split. The flags title went to Daniel Sprenger (LLAN), with Leo Hicks (LLAN) taking both the beach sprints and long run and finally Fawaaz Johnson (FB) claiming the surf dash. The junior girls unfortunately had fewer numbers present and as a result Bia van Heerden (CLIF) showed her dominance by claiming gold in all four of the events. The open ladies also provided some entertaining rivalries as some old horses challenged the new young guns. The return of Aimee Faulmann (FB) saw her claim a stunning victory in the flags, while Melissa Corbett (FB) came back in full force to take the beach sprints title and finished off in style by taking first in the surf dash. Christina Geromont (LLAN) also gave some strong performances throughout the day before claiming first in the long run. But the day’s most exciting competition came from the open men who turned up in numbers and showed off some cracker performances! Carlton Baron (FB) once again proved his worth with some stellar displays on the beach, taking both beach sprints and flags. His brother, Cameron Baron (FB), showed he had the stamina and claimed first in the long run before Tayan Britz (LLAN) went on to finish in style by powering through to take the surf dash.

The junior event winners with their medals. From right, Daniel Sprenger (LLAN), Leo Hicks (LLAN), Fawaaz Johnson (FB) and Bia van Heerden (CLIF).

The Junior event winners with their medals. From right, Daniel Sprenger (LLAN), Leo Hicks (LLAN), Fawaaz Johnson (FB) and Bia van Heerden (CLIF).

At the end of the day, overall winners and runners up for each division were announced and handed the leaders skull caps to be worn at the next leg of the series. A lovely reminder of their great performances at the previous leg and also a target on their back for all of their fellow competitors! Bia van Heerden (CLIF) was named the undisputed leader of the junior girls, with Nadiya Mahomed (FB) the runner up.

In the junior boys division, Johannes Henkel (CLIF) was crowned leader of the first leg after some consistent placings in all four events, while Leo Hicks (LLAN) was named runner up following some great results. Open ladies saw a dominant performance from Melissa Corbett (FB) to put her in the driving seat going into the second leg, while Christina Geromont (LLAN) was named runner up following some great results for her.

Open Men was the most tightly contested for leader and runner up with only a single point splitting the Baron brothers’ positions!

Cameron Baron (FB) was awarded the leaders skull cap showing his experience, while Carlton Baron (FB) took second place overall after some powerful performances.

The junior series leaders in their leaders skull caps for the next leg! Johannes Henkel top left (CLIF), Leo Hicks top righ (LLAN), Bia van Heerden bottom left (CLIF) and Nadiya Mohamed bottom right (FB).

The Junior series leaders in their leaders skull caps for the next leg! Johannes Henkel top left (CLIF), Leo Hicks top righ (LLAN), Bia van Heerden bottom left (CLIF) and Nadiya Mohamed bottom right (FB).

 

Some great performances saw the senior series leaders established and they were awarded their leaders skull caps. From left to right, Cameron Baron (FB), Carlton Baron (FB), Christina Geromont (LLAN) and Melissa Corbett (FB).

Some great performances saw the Senior series leaders established and they were awarded their leaders skull caps. From left to right, Cameron Baron (FB), Carlton Baron (FB), Christina Geromont (LLAN) and Melissa Corbett (FB).

Following a tremendously successful first outing for the King of the Beach Series and Workshop, we would just like to thank everyone who contributed to the day. A massive thank you goes out to the officials who gave up their time to come and assist, as well as the parents and club members who helped with all of the setting up for the day. We are extremely excited for what the second leg of the series holds! We hope to see bigger and better performances, more athletes and hopefully more pleasant weather!

This event could not have happened without all the support and planning from FBSLC parents and members and the backing of LWP.

This event could not have happened without all the support and planning from FBSLC and the backing of LWP.

We look forward to seeing as many competitors and supporters at the King of the Beach Series and Workshop #2 held at Clifton Surf Lifesaving Club on the 12th of September! Anyone interested in still getting involved, please email beachseries.fbslc@gmail.com contact Ryle De Morny for any queries on 0836407310.

Lastly, a massive thank you to all those who have contributed to getting the series up and running! To all the clubs of Western Province, your co-operation has been greatly appreciated in assisting in building the success of an event of this kind. To our incredible sponsors, we have an immense amount of appreciation for your investment into lifesaving as a sport and we hope to continue building avenues for the growth and progress of lifesaving along with your support!

 

A huge thank you goes out to Evolv Concepts, Rockets Compression Sportwear, BMC Crossfit and Pure Fusion Sports Nutrition!

A huge thank you goes out to Evolv Concepts, Rockets Compression Sportwear, BMC Crossfit and Pure Fusion Sports Nutrition!

 

Full results can be seen below.

Junior Females Points 15 Aug

Junior Males Points 15 Aug Final

Senior Females Points 15 Aug

Senior Males Points 15 Aug

Plenty of Praise at 2014/2015 FBSLC AGM!

Duty Hours per Squad 2014/2015The 2014/2015 season AGM saw an end to an exciting and eventful duty and competition season for FBSLC! There were plenty of awards to be handed out and a number of events and people to be celebrated for their achievements over the past year.
It was a great send-off as well as an enthusiastic day of planning and preparation for the season ahead.

The day started with recognition for all the newly qualified lifeguards who made it through months of rigorous training to become fully fledged active members. Trainer Taariq Hassiem needs to be commended for the great work he did with the newbies along with the help of Melissa Corbett.

This season saw one of the biggest intake of new members and we look forward to seeing great things from them in the years to come.

Following the acknowledgment of the newly qualified members, the more season athletes of the club were honoured for their involvement in the respective provincial team selections and participation at Inter-Provincials as well as for any title winners at the National Championships. With the club being relatively small in comparison to the more well-known clubs, it was truly impressive to see the number of Western Province representative and National title holders that the club had produced over the season. The performances within the club were also honoured with the respective Victrix and Victor Ludorum for each age group being awarded.

The newly established Squad Leader Awards were handed out by the respective squad leaders to Nadiya (Squad A - left), Cameron (Squad B - middle) and Carlo (Squad C - right).

The newly established Squad Leader Awards were handed out by the respective squad leaders to Nadiya (Squad A – left), Cameron (Squad B – middle) and Carlo (Squad C – right).

The committee then moved on to the bigger awards for the day, with the introduction of two new awards that the committee felt could add value and show recognition to those members who have shown dedication and responsibility towards their voluntary duty service. The first of the new awards was the Squad Leader Recognition Award, where each squad leader nominated an individual they felt had gone above and beyond their duty with regards to serving their voluntary duty squad over the season.

The second new award was the Club Captain’s award which was to honour someone who has shown great responsibility and personal growth over the season. The last two prestigious awards were announced after a thorough breakdown of how points were earned for the season was explained. The Clubmanship and Lifesaver of the Year awards are always hotly contested by a number of members who dedicate an extensive amount of time, energy and resources to both lifesaving as a sport and a public service. Special mention to Nadiya Mahomed and Taariq Hassiem for walking away with the honours this year for the immense amount of work they do for the club.

After some great contributions this season, Nadiya walked away with the Clubmanship Award, while Taariq was handed the Lifesaver of the Year Award.

After some great contributions this season, Nadiya walked away with the Clubmanship Award, while Taariq was handed the Lifesaver of the Year Award.

To end off the awards, two of our most beloved members were awarded with Honorary Life Membership. Nicholas Pemberton and Bryan Davies have both been members of the club for close to two decades, coming through the ranks as nippers and moving on to serve as squad leaders and committee members for large portion of their senior careers. The club would like to say a huge thank you to both of these members for everything they have given to the club over the years and their immeasurable contribution and service.

Kishan awarding Bryan (left) and Nick (right) their Honorary Life Membership Awards for their years of service o the club.

Kishan awarding Bryan (left) and Nick (right) their Honorary Life Membership Awards for their years of service o the club.

JLA Award
Wardah Parton
Faatima Ariefdien
Daniel Minter

LA Award
Anisha Dillon
Kyle Hendricks
Craig Hendricks
Reagan Smith
Storme Jacobs
Dale Leeuw

WP Senior Team Members
Ryle De Morny
Taariq Hassiem
Melissa Corbett
Tayla Faulmann

WP Junior Team Members
Carlton Baron

SA Champs Title Winners
Michael Faulmann – Beach Sprints, Beach Run
Yusuf Wasserfal – Beach Sprints, Flags
Ryle De Morny – Beach Sprints, Flags, Beach Relay
Taariq Hassiem – Beach Relay
Carlton Baron – Flags, Beach Relay
Andrew van Dieman – Beach Run, Beach Relay

Squad Leader’s Recognition Awards
A – Nadiya Mohamed
B – Cameron Baron
C – Carlo Newton

Victor and Victrix Ludorum
U15 – Daniel Minter and Faatima Ariefdien
U17 – Storme Jacobs and Nadiya Mohamed
U19 – Carlton Baron and Lindiwe Le Brasseur
Open – Melissa Corbett and Taariq Hassiem
Club Captain’s Award
Carlo Newton

Clubmanship
Nadiya Mohamed
IMG_0247Lifeguard of the Year
Taariq Hassiem

Honorary Life Members
Nick Pemberton
Bryan Davies
The more serious side of the AGM pursued with a few exciting prospects being discussed, including the preparation for the much anticipated King of the Beach Series to be hosted this season and the potential for a revamp of the False Bay SLC visual aesthetic in terms of design and kit. The last note of the day was to vote in the new committee to serve for the 2015/2016 season. The club was lucky to have several members of the previous committee to be running for their respective positions again and we are proud to announce the appointment of the FBSLC 2015/2016 Committee.

False Bay Surf Lifesaving Club 2015/2016 Committee
Chairperson – Kishan Kalan
Vice-Chairperson – Tayla Faulmann
Club Captain – Lee Croeser
Vice-Club Captain – Jamie Croeser
Secretary – Melissa Corbett
Treasurer – Nicholas Pemberton
Nipper Officer – Belinda Minter
Trainer – Taariq Hassiem
Coach – Ryle De Morny
Equipment Manager – Maxwell Baron
Powercraft Oficer – Bryan Davies
Junior Captain – Rubin Mahomed

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2014/2015 Duty Hours per member

False Bay ladies unveil their new bikinis!

After many months of designers arguing their personal opinions about clothing design and multiple back and forths with the suppliers, False Bay Surf Lifesaving Club is proud to finally announce the arrival of the new ladies’ bikini, in full club colours.

The senior ladies beach relay team showing off their new bikinis as well as their silver medals.

The senior ladies beach relay team showing off their new bikinis as well as their silver medals.

Nationals 2014 saw the False Bay ladies unveiling their brand new lifesaving bikinis to the competitive scene. The new kit was very well received and they all seemed excited to show off their new costumes in the sea and beach arenas!

Melissa and Tayla making a splash in their new kit.

Melissa and Tayla making a splash in their new kit.

Nadiya in action in a sprints event.
Nadiya in action in a sprints event.

The bikinis were made to have the same design on the bottoms as the boys’ speedo and the tops were designed in line with the colours of the club and matching the full piece costume with green on the front, red on the back and white accents.

The girls may choose between wearing either the full piece or the new two piece bathing costumes.

The girls may choose between wearing either the full piece or the new two piece bathing costumes.

The bikinis were also specially designed by Second Skin to be comfortable and supportive while competing in both surf and beach events.

Melissa running hard in the senior ladies beach relay.

Melissa running hard in the senior ladies beach relay.

Tiffany and Nadiya show off the new bikinis after their board rescue event.
Tiffany and Nadiya show off the new bikinis after their board rescue event.

The new costumes are hopefully a sign of a fresh new start for the team as they look to build on the amazing past season. The ladies can’t wait to compete in them again next season!

Even manager Aimee couldn't resist showing hers off!

Even manager Aimee couldn’t resist showing hers off!

If any ladies are interested in ordering a new costume, they range in size from 22 – 48 and are available on request from the club at R90 for a bikini bottom and R110 for a bikini top.

WP bring back the title!

Inter-provincials 2014 were hosted at Strand beach on the 19th of March and saw Western Cape competing against the likes of Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Eastern Cape with both junior and senior teams in action.

The WP team competing at inter-provincials.

The WP team competing at inter-provincials.

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The Western Cape team had two of False Bay’s very own with Ryle De Morny in the senior men’s team and Lindi Le Brasseur in the junior women’s team.

 

The day started out with some water events and showed immediately that it was going to be a tight race all round as only two individuals from each province were allowed to compete in each event, with only the top athletes competing.

First event of the day saw the ladies taking to the water.

First event of the day saw the ladies taking to the water.

 

Moving to the beach arena, we saw Ryle once again assert his dominance taking both the sprints and flags titles for the senior men.

Ryle and his WP teammate, Raphael Jeftha, leading the way in flags.

Ryle and his WP teammate, Raphael Jeftha, leading the way in flags.

 

Lindi then placed a close second in the junior women’s sprint race, where WP had a good showing.

Lindi's strong performance in the junior ladies sprints.

Lindi’s strong performance in the junior ladies sprints.

 

Both members were a part of the junior and senior mixed beach relay teams that took the title in their respective races.

Lindi flying through her leg of the beach relay!

Lindi flying through her leg of the beach relay!

Ryle cruising home in the final leg of the senior beach relay.

Ryle cruising home in the final leg of the senior beach relay.

 

At the end of the day, the Western Cape juniors tied for first place with the KZN juniors and the seniors scraped a win by a few points, meaning the Western Cape were able to clinch the overall inter-provincial title!

The victorious WP team!

The victorious WP team!

 

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Masters lead the way!

The South African Surf Masters Championships took place on the 19th of March at Strand beach and saw False Bay send a team of three members to compete. All first-time competitors, they came ready to give it their all and represent the club with full force!

The FBSLC Masters team.

The FBSLC Masters team.

 

They wasted no time in adding to the medal tally as Michael Faulmann walked away with the first medal in the men’s age group F flags final, taking a silver.

Michael on his way to a silver in the flags event.

Michael on his way to a silver in the flags event.

 

He led the way for Patrick Minter who took a gold in age group C flags final and Yusuf Wasserfal who took a bronze in the age group A flags final.

Yusuf fighting hard for his bronze medal in the flags event!

Yusuf fighting hard for his bronze medal in the flags event!

 

But that was just the start, as in the next event all three medalled again with Michael taking gold in the sprints and Patrick and Yusuf taking silver in their respective age groups.

Michael galloping away in the sprints final to take his first gold!

Michael galloping away in the sprints final to take his first gold!

 

Patrick claiming a silver in his sprints final.

Patrick claiming a silver in his sprints final.

Yusuf pushing for a silver medal in his sprints final.

Yusuf pushing for a silver medal in his sprints final.

 

The three then combined to form a beach relay team in the 130+ age category and went in as firm favourites to take the race.

Great changeover between Michael and Patrick!

Great changeover between Michael and Patrick!

 

They did not disappoint for sure, as they left the other teams in their dust, clinching gold to each claim their third medal for the day.

Yusuf powering home in the last leg to take the gold for the team!

Yusuf powering home in the last leg to take the gold for the team!

 

The very last event of the day saw Michael taking his third and final gold in the beach run, beating some stiff competition in a fine performance to top off the competition.

Michael bringing home his third gold medal in the long run.

Michael bringing home his third gold medal in the long run.

 

Hopefully this will be the first of many competitors that the club sends to masters champs, as they can all be proud of the great performances they produced!

 

The Masters team after a very successful day of competition!

The Masters team after a very successful day of competition!

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False Bay Brings Back the Medals From WP Champs!

The Western Province Surf Lifesaving Championships were recently hosted at Strand Beach on the 1st and 2nd of March 2014 and turned out to be an extremely successful outing for the False Bay lifeguards. Not only was the team able to assert their dominance in the beach arena yet again, but for the first time in years, False Bay walked away with a few medals in the surf arena.

 

The day started off on a high note with one of the first events, senior flags, providing some outstanding results for the team. As expected, Ryle De Morney walked away with the title in the men’s final, while the women’s final saw three False Bay ladies represented, with two ladies ending up on the podium.

Ryle in action at Western Province Champs!

Ryle in action at Western Province Champs!

Outstandingly Lindi Le Brasseur taking the silver and Tayla Faulmann taking the gold.

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Lindi and Tayla both producing fine performances in the senior ladies flags.

There were some more impressive results with the juniors making finals and individually, Inge van Dieman, taking silver in the u19 age group.

Inge proving what she's worth in the u19 ladies flags final.

Inge proving what she’s worth in the u19 ladies flags final.

 

That was just the start of the damage that was to be done on the beach, as the beach sprints came along, so did some more medals. Lindi and Inge again medalled, taking the gold and bronze respectfully in the u19 age group, while  Ryle again took gold in the senior men race.

Lindi powering home to a gold in the u19 ladies sprints.

Lindi powering home to a gold in the u19 ladies sprints.

Inge claiming another medal in the u19 ladies sprints.

Inge claiming another medal in the u19 ladies sprints.

Ryle cruising to another victory in the senior men sprints.

Ryle cruising to another victory in the senior men’s sprints.

Rubin Mohammed, Tayla Faulmann and Melissa Corbett also made finals in their respective age groups. False Bay once again leaving other lifesaving teams in awe of our beachwork.

 

False Bay were doing what they do best and bringing in the medals on the beach, but what took everyone by surprise was the silver medal that the senior men’s and the bronze medal that the senior women’s tube rescue teams won. Taariq Hassiem and Kishan Kalan put in a stellar performance with Taariq racing to the bouy in second position and Kishan following through to save him.

Kishan ready for his stellar swim!

Kishan ready for his stellar swim!

Taariq's flying start.

Taariq’s flying start.

The team fought off some very tight competition to clinch the silver with Ryle De Morney and Chevan Clarke finishing off with the patient drag.

 

The women’s team also had to dig deep with Tayla Faulmann and Tiffany Combrinck pushing till the very end to secure their third place finish with Melissa Corbett and Lindi Le Brasseur winning the drag sprint to the finish line.

The senior ladies tube rescue team ready for action!

The senior ladies tube rescue team ready for action!

 

To top off this impressive display in the surf, our new recruit at her debut competition, Tiffany Combrinck, pulled off an incredible performance to finish in a very close second place in the u19 ladies surf swim to show true potential and made her mark that she is definitely someone to watch for the future in lifesaving!

Tiffany taking everyone by surprise in her first ever swim.

Tiffany taking everyone by surprise in her first ever swim.

 

Heading back to the beach arena on the last day saw Rubin Mohammed claim his sure-bet gold medal  in the u17 men’s beach run with a confident performance.

Rubin showing his presence in the u17 boys long run.

Rubin showing his presence in the u17 boys long run.

The weekend ended with even more action on the beach as the beach relays lined up for the final event. False Bay walked away with three podium finishes in the four races with junior ladies team (Le Brasseur, van Diemen, Mohammed, Combrinck)  and both senior women (van Dieman, Faulmann, Corbett, Le Brasseur) and men’s (Hassiem, Clarke, Mohammed, De Morny) teams taking silver. The team finished off the weekend with great results with the junior team placing 7th and the senior team placing 3rd overall! The championships proved to be a great learning experience and contributed invaluable preparation for the upcoming National Championships!

 

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The Adventures of Sharkboy

August 2013 saw an eventful month for Achmat Hassiem, former False Bay member and Paralympic medalist. The 2013 IPC Swimming World Championship recently took place in Montreal, Canada and Achmat was part of Team South Africa that made the lengthy voyage overseas to the North American country. With the championship running from the 12th to the 18th, Achmat was selected to represent the country and his fellow teammates as the flag bearer for South Africa at the opening ceremony.

 

Achmat as the Team South Africa flag bearer at the opening ceremony for the IPC Swimming World Champs in Montreal

Achmat as the Team South Africa flag bearer at the opening ceremony for the IPC Swimming World Champs in Montreal

 

While in Canada, Achmat also celebrated a very special day, what he calls his “Sharkaversary”!

August 13th saw the seven year anniversary of that infamous day when he was attacked by a great white shark at our very own beach during an IRB training drill in an attempt to save his brother, Taariq Hassiem. His bravery saw his younger brother come out safely and thanks to the efforts of his fellow lifeguards and his resilience, he too emerged from the ocean during the near fatal attack.

 

Achmat and his brother Taariq (currently still a member at False Bay) soon after the attack

Achmat and his brother Taariq (currently still a member at False Bay) soon after the attack

 

Achmat and Taariq after he returned home from London with a Paralympic bronze medal.

Achmat and Taariq after he returned home from London with a Paralympic bronze medal.

 

The attack resulted in the lower half of his right leg being amputated and while others may have seen this as a negative, Achmat has engineered nothing but positive reactions to his situation. He competed at his first Paralympic Games in 2008 in Beijing and at his second Paralympic Games in London in 2012, he brought home his first medal from the spectacle, a bronze in the 100m butterfly along with an African record.

 

Achmat with his Paralympic bronze medal that he won in the 100m butterfly event in the S10 category

Achmat with his Paralympic bronze medal that he won in the 100m butterfly event in the S10 category

 

Achmat recently visited the club to join in on some beach training, and who knows… Maybe in the near future we’ll see him at some lifesaving competitions in the red, green and white again. In the mean time, Achmat is spreading his positive energy by hosting several motivational talks aimed at young athletes in particular and training hard in the pool for the upcoming Western Province Championships and we wish him all the best of luck!

 

Achmat leading the False Bay march past team.

Achmat leading the False Bay march past team.

 

Team False Bay lining up for a rescue event, with Achmat on the far right

Team False Bay lining up for a rescue event, with Achmat on the far right

 

Check out the tweet at the top of the page that he dedicated to returning to the club!

 

 

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False Bay Lifeguard is a World Champion!

Ryle De Morny of False Bay Surf Lifesaving club was crowned world champion in the beach flags event held at the past 2012 World National Teams Surf Lifesaving Rescue Championships in Adelaide, Australia which occurs bi-annually. Ryle has fared incredibly well during his performances at various international events on the surf lifesaving scene, building on his performance from the 2010 Championships held in Alexandria, Egypt, where he placed third in the beach flags and first in the beach sprints respectively.

 

Ryle in action in the beach flags event at the World Rescue Championships in Adelaide.

Ryle in action in the beach flags event at the World Rescue Championships in Adelaide.

 

With his trip to the 2010 championship dogged by a troubling hamstring injury that saw him deprived of a double gold in the beach events, it seemed as if he just couldn’t catch a break when a podium position in the beach sprints went slipping through his fingers at the 2012 championship again due to a sudden hamstring injury. Ryle valiantly went on to take 8th place in the final, after which some intense damage control was needed. Against all odds, he overcame the physical pain and pushed through to claim the title for the beach flags event, finishing ahead of New Zealander, Paul Cracoft Wilson and Australian, Thomas Nolan.

 

Clinching the beach flags title in the winning run.

Clinching the beach flags title in the winning run.

 

Ryle’s podium finish alongside New Zealander, Paul Cracoft Wilson and Australian Thomas Nolan

Ryle’s podium finish alongside New Zealander, Paul Cracoft Wilson and Australian Thomas Nolan

 

Ryle’s result contributed to an exceptional performance by the South African national team, as they placed third overall behind Australia and New Zealand in the Surf Rescue portion of the competition.

 

The Team South Africa men that were competing in the surf rescue champs

The Team South Africa men that were competing in the surf rescue champs

 

Apart from his gold medal performance in the flags, he also formed part of the gold medal winning team that took the title in the ocean relay. The event comprises of four legs consisting of a surf swim, board, surf ski and run. Ryle, along with Chad Ho, Jayden Alford-Loots and Blane Wood, put together a stellar performance to overpower the expected winners, Australia.

 

Ryle cheering on his ocean relay team.

Ryle cheering on his ocean relay team.

 

Ryle finishing the final leg of the ocean relay to take the gold medal.

Ryle finishing the final leg of the ocean relay to take the gold medal.

 

Chad Ho, Jayden Alford-Loots, Blane Wood and Ryle De Morny take gold in the ocean relay over Australia and New Zealand.

Chad Ho, Jayden Alford-Loots, Blane Wood and Ryle De Morny take gold in the ocean relay over Australia and New Zealand.

 

Barring any further unfortunate injuries, we’re all looking forward to some exciting achievements and perhaps a medal or two from our Ryle at the next World Championship to be held in La Grande Motte, France in late 2014!

 

In the meantime, check out the video of his final run in the beach flags final to take the title!