Inverloch’s team at the championships, with Nick Lehman successfully defending his Victorian and Australian Open Men’s Beach 2km Run. Members of the Inverloch team are now eligible to contest the Australian Lifesaving Championships to be held North Kirra Beach on the Gold Coast on April 11 to 19.
INVERLOCH, Waratah and Woolamai Beach surf lifesaving members proved to be strong competitors at the recent Victorian Lifesaving Championships at Ocean Grove on the weekend of March 28 and 29.
Members from the local clubs returned home with a host of medals, and Inverloch was the highest performing team, taking 50 points to be 11th overall (equal with Lorne SLSC); the overall winner was Anglesea SLSC with 446 points.
Competitors from Inverloch, Waratah and Woolamai embraced the chance to battle with the best from across the state to put their lifesaving skills to the test.
Stand out results from local athletes included:
• Defending Victorian and Australian champion Nick Lehman again winning the Open Men’s Beach 2km Run, with teammates Samuel Cresswell taking bronze and Luke Foster finishing fourth
• Gold for Waratah in Under 19 Men’s 2km Run, Under 19 Men’s Champion Lifesaver and Open First Aid Competition
• Inverloch’s Corrie Argus-Smith, taking home silver in the Open Men’s Beach Sprint and Under 19 Men’s Beach Flags and bronze in Under 19 Men’s Beach Sprint
• Louise Smith from Woolamai proving to be a fierce competitor, finishing fourth in both the Under 15 Women’s Beach Flags and Sprints
• Woolamai’s Under 23 Women’s Surf Boat crew also finished in fourth place
LSV’s Coordinator of Sport Events, Tom Mitchell said this year’s state carnival saw fierce competition across all events.
“All events were highly contested and Inverloch, Waratah and Woolamai have done well to finish with some outstanding results,” he said.
“Competition was both fun and fierce and Sunday saw the sun come out with exceptional surf conditions, making it a great day for both athletes and spectators.
“This weekend’s champions will now set their sights on gold at the Australian Lifesaving Championships to be held in a couple of weeks in Queensland at North Kirra Beach, Gold Coast, from April 11 to 19.”
INVERLOCH: 1 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze
Open Men’s Beach Run (2km): 1st Nick Leman, 3rd Samuel Cresswell, 4th Luke Foster; Open Men’s Beach Sprint: 2nd Corrie Argus-Smith; Open Men’s Beach Flags: 6th Corrie Argus-Smith.
Open Women’s Beach Run (2km): 3rd Celine Moody.
Under 19 Men’s Beach Run (2km): 3rd Ben Turner, 5th Tristan Blizzard; Under 19 Men’s Beach Sprint: 3rd Corrie Argus-Smith; Under 19 Men’s Surf Race: 4th Tristan Blizzard; Under 19 Men’s Beach Flags: 2nd Corrie Argus-Smith.
Under 19 Women’s Beach Flags: 4th Celine Moody.
Under 15 Men’s Beach Run (2km): 6th Koda Blizzard; Under 15 Men’s Beach Sprint: 3rd Koda Blizzard; Under 15 Men’s Beach Flags: 6th Koda Blizzard.
WARATAH: 3 gold and 1 silver
Open First Aid Competition: 1st Team A.
Under 19 Men’s Beach Run (2km): 1st Campbell Pike, 6th Jameson Trainor; Under 19 Men’s Champion Lifesaver: 1st Jameson Trainor; Under 19 First Aid Competition: 2nd Team A; Under 19 Men’s Beach Sprint: 4th Aidan Moriarty; Under 19 Men’s Beach Flags: 6th Campbell Pike.
Under 23 Women’s Surf Boat: 4th Team A.
Under 15 Women’s Beach Flags: 4th Louise Smith; Under 15 Women’s Beach Sprint: 4th Louise Smith.