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Lifesaver to make waves at world champs in Australia

Seventeen-year-old pro lifesaver Tyne van Achterbergh will give it his all and carry his country's name high as he competes against some of the world's best lifesavers at the world championships.

TYNE van Achterbergh feels excited yet nervous as he prepares to represent South Africa’s junior team at the Lifesaving World Championships in Australia from August 20 to September 8.

This will be the Amanzimtoti High School learner’s third international appearance after the recent ILS Africa Champs at Addington Beach in Durban. At this competition, the talented and devoted 17-year-old lifesaver won gold in the surf swim and finished second in the run-swim-run and boards events, which are all his specialities, and also in the iron man event.

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Last year, the Scottburgh Lifesaving Club sensation, who started lifesaving when he was nine years old, won four golds at the International Surf Rescue Challenge in the USA, and he will be keen to build on that momentous achievement as he prepares to take on the world’s best lifesaving athletes.

Tyne said he is super excited to be selected, once again, to represent South Africa.

“I cannot wait to go over and compete against some of the world’s best lifesavers at Worlds at Kurrawa Beach. It’s a dream come true,” he said.

Although he feels a little nervous, Tyne said he thinks everything will be okay once he has prepared. “I plan to push my training to the next level in the coming weeks, to be as fit as I possibly can before I leave,” he said.

Lifesaving South Africa wishes Tyne and the national team all the best in their final preparations for the world champs.

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