Victorian Senior Lifesaving Championships

Our state’s fittest surf lifesavers are heading to Port Fairy on the state’s south west coast this weekend for the 2017 Victorian Senior Lifesaving Championships.

Up to 750 competitors will be competing for a medal at the prestigious two-day event.

The athletes will participate in races including beach flags, beach sprints, board race, surf race, iron and surf boats.

Some of the key athletes to keep an eye on include Jan Juc’s Tylah Shanahan in the under 19s Iron and Board event, Torquay’s Grace Harris in the under 17 Board race and Lorne’s open men and women’s surf boat crews.

Life Saving Victoria’s Sports Coordinator Luke Gavin said more than 500 spectators are also expected to descend on the beach.

“There will no doubt be some fierce competition among our senior lifesavers who have been training hard in recent months,’’ Mr Gavin said.

“It’s been a terrific season with great competition and sportsmanship and this weekend sees the clubs battle it out for the top prize.’’

Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club Projects Officer Paul Buchanan said the club is thrilled to host the championships.

“In conjunction with Moyne Shire Council our volunteers are working to ensure all competitors, officials, support crews and spectators have an enjoyable competition,’’ Mr Buchanan said.

“We welcome you to our town and invite you to stay on to explore our beautiful town and region.’’


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