Springbok Surf Lifesaving tour to New Zealnd and Australia
The Surf Life Saving Association of South Africa, led by Mike Mortimer as Team Manager with Lou Johnson as Team Instructor,
comprised the following members:
M. G. (Mike) Mortimer Manager
L. F. (Lou) Johnson Instructor
J. C. (John) Woods Captain
R. A. (Lester) Kitto Vice-Captain
· A. M. (Anthony) Scott
Dr. B. J. (Barry) Kauffman
F B. (Bevin) Worlock
H. (Hagen) Wulff
M. W. G. (Mickey) Sadler
P. J. (Peter) Rademeyer
G. (Guy) Nothard
R. J. (Bobby) Bluett
A. B. (Chris) Milford
A. J. Sutherland (Andrew)
D. L. (Lew) James
Alister Cameron-Strange Junior
Jonty Skinner Junior
New Zealand - 13 March 1971 - Waihi Beach
Event 13: JUNIOR SURF RACE 1—J. Skinner, South Africa. 2—J. Symonds, New Zealand. 3—A. Cameron-Strange, South Africa. 4—A. Price, New Zealand.
The competitive strength of the South African Team was revealed in the Inter districts Championships which they won handsomely from the Canterbury team and members left no doubt of their individual brilliance during the following three days of our National Championships, which fact is revealed by the results which are recorded elsewhere in this report.
The Waihi beach proved a most suitable venue for the building of the first ever Surf Life Saving test between representative teams from South Africa and New Zealand and whilst the day dawned with overcast skies and pounding surf, conditions improved during the afternoon with sunshine and abating seas. The superiority of our visitors was clearly indicated in that, with the exception of the six man R & R, the surf boat race and the March Past event where a tie resulted, members of the South African team won all other events, the final result being South Africa 82, New Zealand 51.
Following the conclusion of the Carnival the South African and New Zealand teams, together with invited guests including P. H. Philip, Consul General for South Africa, and local dignitaries, were entertained at an official Council welcome function which was held in the new Waihi Surf Club Pavilion, which had only just been completed, where the goodwill held by Surf Lifesavers of New Zealand to the Surf Life Saving Association of South Africa was expressed and presentations made to our visitors which included gold greenstone cuff links to all team members with inlaid paua shell cigarette boxes to the Manager and Instructor.
The following day saw the South African team depart for Mt. Maungaiiiii to stay a few days as guests of the Mt. Maunganui Club before flying from Tauranga to Auckland from thence to Brisbane to complete the tour of Australia.
During the Bay of Plenty section of the tour Bob Mitchell acted as Liaison Officer to the team. Whilst the visit of the South African team has greatly strengthened the ties between our respective Associations as members of the World Council, we are not unmindful of the extra work placed on the Canterbury, Bay of Plenty and Auckland Associations. The reception of our visitors in Christchurch was an added burden to members already overloaded with work associated with the conduct of the National Championships and we cannot speak too highly of the excellence of the arrangements made by members of the Bay of Plenty Association and the Waihi Club for the conduct of the Life Saving Test. Your Council is well aware of the help received by Officials of other Associations and Clubs in carrying out the many tasks associated with the visit for which our thanks are expressed and particularly refer to the carriage of gear to the Test venue for use by the teams, the carriage of South African team gear and the presence of the Midway Surf Club jet boat and its crew where we are indebted to C. W. F. Hamilton Marine Limited for meeting the cost of crew accommodation at Waihi.
During February/March/April 1971, we were hosts to a team of Surf Life Savers from the South African S.L.S.A. The team were wonderful ambassadors for their country, with Mr. Mike Mortimer as their Manager and Mr. Lou Johnson their Instructor. They visited and competed in all States of Australia and during their tour, three International Tests were conducted, one in Victoria, one in Queensland and one in New South Wales. Their tour culminated with the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, which were held at the City of Perth Beach, in Western Australia, during the Easter weekend. Many friendships were made and on their departure for home, many fond memories were left behind.