FROM BUSH TO BEACH: ACTIVE TRAINING, M&LD AND EDUCATION SEASON ROUND-UP

A lot has been happening in Life Saving Victoria’s Aquatic Sport, Membership and Leadership Development, and Education departments. We’ve compiled an ‘around the grounds’ update below.

Youth Ambassadors – Aquatic Sport/Active Training

LSV’s  has developed a Youth Ambassador Program to help ease the transition of U14 athletes into youth/senior competition, as well as promote positive values and increases participation in the youth area of surf sports. 

Six ambassadors were chosen for the program to act as ambassadors and role models. They will have the chance to be the ‘voice of young people’ to LSV in a consulting capacity.

LSV’s Youth Sport Ambassadors and area referee (listed left)

The Ambassadors are Cormac O’Callaghan from Portsea SLSC, Reagan Morel from Mornington LSC, Fyndon Davis and Lara Smith from Hampton LSC, Emily Tassiopoulos from Torquay SLSC, and Lily Hallam from Ocean Grove SLSC. Phil Mawkes from Hampton is also the Area Referee for the Youth Area at carnivals this season.  

All ambassadors were introduced to the youth arena during the youth/senior carnival at Ocean Grove in December.     

Victorian Representative Teams Results

Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships 

LSV’s Pool Lifesaving Team finished second at the 2019 Australian Pool Life Saving Championships in Sydney from January 11 – 13, making a big improvement on their fourth place at the last championships, finishing behind the victorious NSW team, and edging out WA in third place. 

Full results can be found HERE. 

Surf Sport Interstates 

Victoria’s finest lifesaving sport athletes represented their state in an elite lifesaving sports competition at Newport SLSC, NSW from Thursday 24 January. The Victorian youth team placed fifth, with third place in the open events and fourth in the ocean events. Great results in events such as second in the youth male and open male ski races, open male rescue tube rescue, as well as mixed open ski relay, were complemented by many top 5 placings.

The Interstate competition saw the best athletes from around Australia battle it out in IronMan and IronWoman racing, board races, ski races, taplin relays, rescue events, beach flags and beach sprints.  

The full results are here:

A youth representative pathway competition, The 2019 Youth Pathway Cup, was held in conjunction with the Interstate Championships.  

The full Victorian YPC squad is listed HERE. 

Upcoming carnivals – Aquatic Sport  

Only two carnivals remain before the 2019 Junior State Championships in Lorne on 22 – 24  February, at Mordialloc on 3 February and Lorne on 10 February. 

Competitors hit the water at Bancoora recently

There are also two carnivals remaining in the Youth/Senior section of aquatic surf sport, on 2 February at Mordialloc, and 17 February at Pt Leo, prior to 2019 Victorian Lifesaving Championships in Warrnambool.

Champion Lifesaver and Patrol Competition championships are due to be held at LSV on 2 and 3 March respectively.  

Meanwhile, the 2019 Victorian Master’s Championships are scheduled for Lorne SLSC on 9 February, the Victorian Surf Rowers League competition is in full swing ahead of its championships and School Surf League events are fixtured at Mordialloc and Cosy Corner when school resumes. 

To view the full LSV sport carnival, please click HERE 

New Nipper Resources – Membership and Leadership Development 

Life Saving Victoria launched an updated Nipper Education Resource in November, for clubs to use during the 2018/19 season. 

The new resources consolidate the best of current resources and the latest lifesaving content to create a new user-friendly document, which clubs can use while facilitating their Nipper programs. 

It contains a large scope of content to meet the needs of the varied programs run in Victoria (short intensive, longer period etc.), as well as varied skill and knowledge levels.  

For more information and to view the Resource, please click HERE. 

Bush Nippers – Education 

LSV is in the research and development stage of a new program called Bush Nippers, aiming to bring the Nippers experience to children in regional areas who do not have regular access to the beach.  

The program will use resources similar to the new Nipper Resource (above) to deliver sessions at local inland water ways and swimming pools. 

In preparation for the new program, staff have visited and evaluated the use of the new Nipper Resource at Lorne and Wye River Surf Life Saving Clubs, and will visit nipper sessions at Mildura, Carrum and Altona in coming months to gather further information and feedback. 

The program is planned to be developed during 2019, and launched for the 2019/20 summer.

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