The temperature may be cooling down as mid-winter approaches, but the competition has been heating things up with both the Victorian IRB and Junior Pool Championships taking place in June.
Originally scheduled for June 16 and 17, the 2018 TRE Victorian IRB Championships were scaled back to a one-day carnival as Mother Nature threw up some very challenging conditions at Lorne Beach.
Twelve lifesaving clubs competed in the carnival, but it was Williamstown S&LSC who took out the top spot in the overall points standings, with Barwon Heads 13th Beach SLSC second, followed by South Melbourne LSC in third.
Life Saving Victoria Senior Coordinator – Aquatic Sports Kirsty Clark said the carnival was a success despite the very tough and cold conditions.
“I’d like to congratulate and thank all the officials and competitors who managed the carnival in such tricky conditions.
“The temperature was so cold we required additional water safety so we could alternate the times our crews spent in the water, and, of course, when we asked for volunteers, many club members put their hand up to assist.
“The decision to reschedule the carnival to just one day was a result of a sensible and collaborative consultation involving all stakeholders, and in the end, it was the right decision,” said Kirsty.
The competition was also fierce in the Victorian Junior Pool Championships, which took place June 24 at WaterMarc with Altona LSC first in the overall points score, Jan Juc SLSC in second and Black Rock LSC third.
On-hand to meet the competitors and award the medals was Brendon Smith from Half Moon Bay LSC, who was recently selected for the Australian Junior Pan Pacs team – competing in Fiji in August.
“I’d like to thank the volunteers and officials who ran a great carnival and did it so efficiently we were able to finish ahead of schedule,” said Kirsty
“It was great to see so many of our junior athletes take part and to have Brendon attend to provide support and inspiration to the competitors.”
For full Victorian IRB Championship results, please visit: http://sportlsv.carnival.sls.com.au/eventmgr/results/report/public/329/1
For full Victorian Junior Pool Championship results, please visit: https://lsv.com.au/wp-content/uploads/LSV-2018-Junior-State-Champs-RESULTS.pdf