In ideal racing conditions today, more than 790 youth and senior lifesavers competed in day one of the 2019 Victorian Youth and Senior Lifesaving Championships, hosted by the Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club.
“There were some exciting club results today, leading into tomorrow’s final events being hotly contested,” says Kirsty Clark, LSV’s aquatic sports manager.
Some highlights from the day included:
- Anglesea SLSC taking out many of the R&R competition events
- Coastal clubs Ocean Grove, Warrnambool and Jan Juc performing well throughout the competition, stacking up the overall point scores on Day One
- Drew Green of Jan Juc SLSC winning the U19 Men’s Iron with a large gap between second place getter
- Maddie Hurst of Half Moon Bay SLSC, arguably one of Victoria’s strongest female ski paddlers, taking on the board paddle in the board rescue event and Australian High Performance swimmer Jordan Merrilees of Torquay SLSC taking out the Men’s Restricted Surf Race event, both showing how transferrable their skills are
- Seaspray SLSC and Waratah Beach SLSC, two clubs from eastern Victoria that travelled long distances to be at the event, winning numerous medals in the beach events, despite having small teams
“We had ideal racing conditions – nice sunny weather, but also decent-sized waves,” says Ms Clark. “Everyone was really happy and conditions are set to be similar tomorrow, so we’re looking forward to another great day of racing and to see who will lead the scores as the finals begin in earnest.”
The event is able to be put on thanks to the generous support of major event sponsor Engine, as well as Surf Life Saving Australia sponsor’s Westpac, DHL and Holden.
“None of it would be possible without the dedicated team of volunteers both on and off the beach who work tirelessly to make sure the youth and seniors can enjoy a great couple of days at the beach, competing and catching up with friends from clubs around the state,” says Ms Clark. “Thank you to everyone who made today such an enjoyable day of competition for everyone.”
Take a look at the photo gallery from the day from Brad Walker Photography.