International Surf Rescue Challenge 2019 Team Sponsorship
- By: Lifesaving South Africa -
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/SA-IRC-Team
The International Surf Rescue Challenge is an event sanctioned by World Lifesaving and held every two years. The 2019 International Surf Rescue Challenge (ISRC) will also incorporate the 2019 Tri-Nations Challenge and the 2019 Trans-Tasman Challenge. From Saturday 28 September to Wednesday 2 October 2019 South Africa, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, USA, Great Britain, France and Canada will be competing in 3 Tests at North Beach, Durban.
The ISRC started in 1937 as the Trans-Tasman Challenge, a traditional surf lifesaving competition between Australia and New Zealand. In 1999 South Africa was invited to compete and the Tri-Nations Challenge was born.
In 2005 the Challenge was opened up to other nations and was renamed the International Surf Rescue Challenge – the former competitions, the Trans-Tasman Challenge and Tri Nations Challenge are still held and traditional trophies are awarded to the winning team.
At the same time, 6 of the countries are sending out their Junior National Teams that will be competing in a separate Tests series alongside the main event.
Each team consist of 12 competitors, 6 females and 6 males and 4 management personnel.
Our competitors are highly trained and qualified lifeguards, some of whom have received awards and acknowledgement for their bravery when performing rescues. Unlike other sports, it is compulsory for our athletes to perform a minimum of 20 hours voluntary community service over week-ends and public holidays before they are allowed to participate in any National or International competitions. They protect and serve their communities and our beautiful beaches year round.
Athletes in the team are among the best in the world not only in lifesaving, but in their respective rescue disciplines as well.
Being a minority sport in South Africa, Lifesaving often struggles to secure funding from the government and corporate sponsors for their International competition teams. Competitors participation in local and international competitions is mostly self funded.
Funds raised will be used to offset travel, accommodation, competition supplies, meals and kit for the 41 member voluntary team during the event and possibly contribute towards a team training camp prior to the competition.
Any individual sports person's or team's performance is directly impacted by the quality of the support provided by their management (travel arrangements, hydration, diet, pre and post competition care) most of which happens off screen.
Currently, the tour is self funded, a reduction in the overall costs, not only has a huge impact for the individual families of the competitors, but would provide the individual athletes with better, more effective, higher quality support and care leading up to the competition, freeing them up to perform at their very best.
And to be clear - we're not talking about post match physio sessions, 5 star hotels and a luxury bus. We just need good basics.
- Sep 12, 2019 - R 257.05
- "Good Luck Ryan and team!" - Tam, Gareth and Jack Randle
- Jul 31, 2019 - R 1 015.00
- "You go guys and girls! Make us proud and thank you for all you do for our community!" - Astrid
- Jul 29, 2019 - USD $ 51.51
- "Good luck, guys! What you do is awesome. I am one proud grandma, and I know there are lots more like me." - Linda Moody
- Jul 26, 2019 - USD $ 37.32
- "Good luck to the organizers and SA teams!!" - Ken Burt
- Jul 26, 2019 - R 203.00
- "Go Team SA!!!!! " - Angela Chandler
Angela Chandler Surf Cause
I'm the mother of two lifeguards. My boys have been involved with Lifesaving since the ages of 6 and 9. I've been a member of our local Lifesaving Club's committee for almost 10 years and understand the challenges faced trying to raise funds to support the ongoing service and competition requirements for our Lifeguards. We are raising funds for our young Life Savers to attned the International Surf Rescue Challenge 2019 held in Durban in September.