Ocean Grove SLSC returned home triumphant after winning both the Senior and Junior Victorian State Lifesaving Championships, which were held independently during March.
Backing up from their win in 2017, Ocean Grove SLSC again dominated in the two-day senior’s competition which was hosted at Apollo Bay SLSC for the first time in more than 10 years.
With 700 competitors from 34 clubs battling it out on the sand and in the water, Ocean Grove SLSC proved too good, beating Jan Juc SLSC who finished second and Mentone LSC who placed third.
In the prestigious Ironman and Ironwoman events, it was Jesse Coulson from Ocean Grove SLSC taking line honours in the men’s competition while Sophie Thomas from Warrnambool SLSC claimed gold in the women’s. The Open First Aid Competition was won by South Melbourne LSC.
The Maurie Raynor Scholarship, recognising the best Under 19 athlete for the 2017/18 season was won by Saxon Beale from Anglesea SLSC. The scholarship is awarded for excellent sportsmanship and lifesaving skills and is presented in memory of Maurie Raynor, who was an inspirational coach to Victorian lifesaving athletes in the ‘70s and ’80s.
In the Junior State Championships, Ocean Grove SLSC pipped last year’s winners Mentone LSC by just 11.5 points to claim victory, with Mornington LSC rounding out the podium in third.
The event was hosted by Warrnambool SLSC for the fifth consecutive year and the two-day competition saw 1400 of Victoria’s finest junior competitors participate.
The iconic March Past competition was won by Chelsea Longbeach SLSC Team A for the second year running, with Torquay SLSC Blue and Gold Team in second place and Williamstown S&LSC A Team in third.
The Fred Westfield medal, awarded to the most outstanding U14 competitor for the season was won by Marcus Bird from Ocean Grove SLSC. (Events included in the point score for this award are beach flags, beach sprints, 1km run, iron, surf race and board rescue.)
LSV Senior Sports Coordinator Kirsty Clark said the level of competition this year was fierce and continues to build year-on-year.
“There’s no doubt surf sports in Victoria are gaining in popularity and participation with around 1900 competitors collectively competing in the Senior and Junior Championships,” said Ms Clark.
“The level of athleticism and sportsmanship on display at these events demonstrates the dedication of our lifesavers and the strength of our organisation.
“It’s fantastic that so many spectators also turned out to support the clubs and their competitors.”
Clark also expressed LSV’s thanks to the event sponsors and volunteers.
“I’d like to thank major event sponsor Engine as well as Surf Life Saving Australia sponsors Westpac, DHL and Holden, who made these Championships possible.
“Also, a big thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who officiated and gave up their time to assist in coordinating these events.”
Senior State Championship Results
Individual/Team Results: http://sportlsv.carnival.sls.com.au/eventmgr/results/report/public/324/1
Junior State Championship Results
Individual/Team Results: http://sportlsv.carnival.sls.com.au/eventmgr/results/report/public/323/1