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Kira, joined Strand Surf Lifesaving Club at the early age of 8, when her parents brought her down to the beach to learn about beach safety, the ocean and to get involved with Nippers. Kira enjoyed the competitive side of Lifesaving sport and soon proofed to be a vigorous competitor for the club and has since her induction eight years ago not missed a single local or National competition. Kira qualified as a Junior Lifeguard at the age of 14, when she was able to start doing voluntary duty.  She has since obtained her Lifeguard Award and has been working as a part time lifeguard at Strand beach during season, since.

 Kira Bester has been selected to compete at the Lifesaving World Championships, which will be held in Adelaide, Australia, from 21st November, to 2nd December 2018.  A team of 24 members will represent South Africa at the ILS Lifesaving World Championships which is conducted every 2 years. Kira(16) is one of six junior girls who were included in the Junior Squad. This event attracts the most talented and skilled lifesaving athletes to compete for the title of the World’s best and to showcase Lifesaving sports and rescue.  

 Lifesaving sport was primarily intended to encourage lifesavers to develop, maintain and improve the essential physical and mental skills needed to save lives in the aquatic environment. Lifesaving competitions consist of a variety of competitions and races in the pool, on the beach and in the surf, to further develop and demonstrate lifesaving skills, fitness and motivation. Kira is a good all-rounder athlete, who specialises in Malibu board and Surf-ski events and who is the current National titleholder, for her age group, in the Iron woman event. She has in the last year had to learn the skill of Stillwater Lifesaving, which includes various simulated manikin rescue events in a pool, which forms an integral part of the competition, the selection process and Lifesaving as a whole.

 Kira’s training schedule includes multiple sessions of swimming, board and ski training, running and gym sessions per week.  Kira trains with swimming club Aqua Sharks and coach Leal de Kock, in Strand. Kira is passionate about lifesaving, loves the ocean and is extremely grateful for the opportunity she has now been given to represent South Africa at this level for Lifesaving.  But there is still a long way ahead and a lot of hard work leading up to Worlds.

It is a self funded tour, so Kira is asking the assistance of companies or individuals to please help her to get to Australia, by donating to this campaign.

Any donations would be much appreciated.



  • Aug 16, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "All the best young lady. May all your dreams come true." - Vanessa Hall

  • Aug 15, 2018 - R 300.00
  • "Enjoy this amazing experience Kira" - Lizl & Amy-lee HOBSON

  • Aug 04, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "You go girl!" - Franco and Brigit Burger

  • Aug 03, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck Kira - very proud of you" - Bohmert

  • Aug 02, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "How rooier hoe mooier! ??" - Dieps

  • Aug 01, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "All the best and safe travels, from the Love Family" - Love Family

  • Jul 31, 2018 - USD $ 8.00
  • "Goodluck!!" - Andre Erasmus

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Donations to date

R 2 853.19

Fundraising target

R 50 000.00

Kira's Lifesaving Tour

Kira's Lifesaving Tour Logo

To participate at the Lifesaving World Championships 2018, that will take place from 15th November to 2nd December 2018 in Adelaide, Australia.