The hot weather and sharks did not stop thousands of lifesavers and athletes of all ages from taking part in carnivals and sports events on Victoria’s surf coast.
Almost 1400 Nippers competed in a junior state lifesaving carnival at Cosy Corner in Torquay on 6 January.
The same day Lorne Surf Life Saving Club hosted the Mountain to Surf event – an 8km fun run in Lorne.
The world’s largest open water swim, the Lorne Pier to Pub, attracted about 5000 swimmers aged from 12 to 86 on Saturday 7 January.
Sam Sheppard won the men’s open race in a time of 11 minutes 16 seconds, just one second ahead of Olympian Mack Horton.
Harriet Brown was the first to complete the 1.2km race in the open women’s section, in a time of 12 minutes 13 seconds.
The closure of Fairhaven beach due to shark sightings resulted in a surf boat carnival and a senior lifesaving carnival being relocated to Torquay on the Saturday and Sunday.
LSV Sports Manager Russell Higgins said the decision was made to ensure the safety of the athletes.
“We want to thank all the competitors and Fairhaven SLSC for being so accommodating with the changed location,’’ Mr Higgins said.
“The safety of our competitors and officials is our top priority when making these decisions.’’
Fairhaven SLSC still hosted the Tim Gates Classic Fun Run on 8 January on the beach, with about 700 people taking part in the club fundraiser.