The Wonthaggi Life Saving Club had great success at the state titles. Photo: Iona McJames.

WONTHAGGI Life Saving Club finished equal first in the Women’s Team Rescue event of the Inflatable Rescue Boat state titles held at Lorne at the weekend.
Teams from all over the state converged on Lorne Surf Life Saving Club to compete with teams having honed their skills against each other over the past three months in the premiership season.
Shocking weather meant the whole competition had to be packed into one day.
With the rivalry between teams at its strongest the scene was set for some great competition.
The Wonthaggi Life Saving Club team made it through to most of the finals and placed fourth overall.
The best result was the equal first in the women’s teams race for the premiership series which followed pennants at both the Mordialloc and Apollo Bay carnivals.
The Wonthaggi Women’s team consisted of Jasmin McJames, Amy Veenendaal, Erin Gin, Emily Broderick, Celeste Taylor and Scarlett Beaton.
“To see our club do so well at this level of competition and in these types of conditions can be attributed to how dedicated and well-honed and skilled our surf lifesavers are,” club president Mark Scott said.
“I could not be prouder of the work and time these members, parents and supporters give to our club and it is what makes the Wonthaggi Life Saving Club such a great place to be.
“On Saturday we had members competing at the State IRB championships in Lorne and Sunday volunteers were out raising vital funds at Wonthaggi Bunnings to keep the club operating and fix our and maintain our 60-year-old buildings and rescue equipment.
“With the State IRB series completed we now have our sights on the SLSA Australian Inflatable Rescue Boat Championship to be held at Thirroul Surf Life Saving Club (NSW) from Friday to Sunday, July 13 to 15.”