Marine Surf Lifesaving
Unbeaten Marine SLC reflects on a decade of successes
Durban – As the competitive surf lifesaving season draws to a close, Marine
SLC, based at Ushaka Beach can reflect on an unprecedented unbeaten season
and look back with satisfaction to their humble beginnings ten years ago.
The 2018/2019 season started with the club bagging two silver medals and a
bronze medal at the World Lifesaving Championships in Adelaide during
November 2018. The team of 16 Athletes, coaches and managers took on the
strongest ever international field at the home of lifesaving, Australia to
finish 8th in the grand aggregate and the only South African team in the top
20 in the world.
Back home, after ten months of focus and training the Marine Senior team
romped to victory at the KZN Senior Championships held on their home beach
early in 2019. Not to be outdone the Marine juniors put in a huge effort to
emulate their senior mentors result.
Despite an already long and tough season the Marine squad headed up to SA
National open water championships in Bloemfontein to successfully defend
their title as Open Water Champions. For the season finale a small but
determined team headed down to Port Elizabeth to defend their title at the
General Tire SA Lifesaving Championships, which they did in impressive
"It has been a long road, supported by a team of dedicated admin and
coaching staff to take a club that, 10 years ago, was a group of 10 or 12
members based in a container in the Ushaka car park to the most competitive
club in SA," said club administrator Russell Sadler.
"It has all been down to the hard work of the likes of Trevor Martin, Gary
Brummer, Bambi Lewin and Mark Lewin who stuck to their passion and rebuilt
the Addington Beach based club into undeniably the most competitive
lifesaving club in the country," he added.
With the completion of the new water sports hub facility in 2010 the
“refounders” of Marine had a base to start building the competitive machine
that is now Marine SLC.
Following the proven Australian training model Marine SLC employed the
legendary Peter “Bobo” Bees as head coach in 2012 who set his sights on a
National Senior Aggregate win in 2015 which despite his untimely passing in
2014 Marine managed to lift the Senior Aggregate trophy at 2015 Surf
Nationals at Battery Beach.
In 2018 Marine managed a KZN Senior Title, a National Grand aggregate title
and Open water grand aggregate title but the KZN Junior title eluded them.
Their unbeaten run in 2019 caps a decade of growth for the Durban club from
a dream to the champion South African lifesaving club, spearheaded by the
club captain and South Africa’s most successful and decorated lifesaving
athlete Carmel Billson, chairman Dave Rees, mentor Mark Lewin, and team and
club secretary Bambi Lewin.
2019 season achievements:
National Grand aggregate champions
National open water champions
8th Grand Aggregate at World Lifesaving Championships 2018
KZN Junior Champions
KZN Senior Champions
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Marine Surf Lifesaving Club
Marine SLC captain Carmel
Bilson paddling at the General Tire SA Lifesaving Championships in Port
Elizabeth earlier in the year.
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