Victory for Ocean Grove in Victorian Senior Lifesaving Championships

Ocean Grove SLSC has taken the top honour in the 2017 Victorian Senior Lifesaving Championships held at Port Fairy on 4 and 5 March.

Competitive spirit was paramount across the two days of competition, as over 750 lifesavers from across the state took to the sand and the surf.

In the end it was Ocean Grove SLSC led by Team Manager Bruce Sampson who dominated
on the surf and sand, winning the overall points score by more than 150 points.

Ocean Grove also started the competition on a high, being awarded the 2016 Champion Club of the Year, for highest overall point score after all senior Championship events in 2015/16.

Warrnambool SLSC’s athlete Matthew Hardiman was announced on day one as the recipient of the 2017 Maurie Raynor Award, as the best Under 19 athlete for the 2016/17 season.

Anglesea dominated the traditional Rescue and Resuscitation, winning a number of events including the Under 19s Mixed Team R&R.

Ocean Grove’s Lucy Conquit won the Open Women’s Iron event, while in the girls under 15s iron race Anglesea’s Hannah Schmidt took out the gold.

In the boys under 15s Iron race, Lorne’s Billy Bowden crossed the line first, followed by Torquay’s Archie Vernon and Ocean Grove’s Tim Hannan.

It was a close finish in the Open Men’s Board race, with Warrnambool’s Matt Hardiman defeating fellow Warrnambool lifesaver Steve Kerr.

The Open Men’s Ski was also a hotly contested event, with Half Moon Bay’s Josh Heatley taking the gold, Half Moon Bay’s Shane Ryan placing second and Fairhaven’s Glenn Singleton finishing in third place.

The surf boat events showcased some fierce competition, with Lorne SLSC taking out the Open Mens and Torquay Lightning winning gold in the Open Womens.

LSV Director Aquatic Sports Rachael Rylance was was impressed with the talent on display at Port Fairy during the Championships.

“Hats off to reliable powerhouse Ocean Grove SLSC for taking such a strong lead in the overall points score.

“Performances over the weekend served as a confirmation that the future of lifesaving sport is in good hands”


Overall Club Point Score:

Rank Club Points
1 Ocean Grove SLSC 467
2 Anglesea SLSC 300
3 Torquay SLSC 263
4 Jan Juc SLSC 259
5 Half Moon Bay SLSC 256
6 Warrnambool SLSC 227
7 Mordialloc LSC 203
8 Point Leo SLSC 197
9 Waratah Beach SLSC 113.5
10 Mornington LSC 100


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