Junior, Youth and Senior surf lifesaving athletes prepare for LSV State Championships

Surf lifesaving competitors around the state will be heading to the Surf Coast this March to compete in the LSV State Championship events at Warrnambool and Lorne. 

“We’re thrilled to have our lifesavers able to come together to showcase their skills, especially after the devastating cancellation of the Youth/Seniors event in 2020 due to COVID-19,” LSV’s GM Sport and Education Kate Simpson said. 

The LSV State Championships will take place: 

    • Junior State Champs, Sat 6 and Sun 7 March at Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club 
    • Youth/Senior R&R State Champs, Sun 14 March at Lorne Surf Life Saving Club 
    • Youth / Senior State Champs, Sat 20 and Sun 21 March at Lorne Surf Life Saving Club 

“We’re disappointed our younger competitors in the U9-11categories won’t be with us, but to be able to put even some events on again in a COVID-Safe manner is a positive for all of us at this time,” Ms Simpson said. 

Life Saving Victoria thanks Warrnambool City Council for its support of the Junior State Championships. We are excited to be returning to Warrnambool for this event where we always experience a family-friendly and exciting atmosphere for over 400 U12 and U13 competitors on and off the beach. 

The Youth / Senior State Championships will see a further 500 entries from U14 to Open categories and will be held at Lorne, offering this tourist town, hard-hit by COVID-19 closures, a muchneeded boost to hospitality and tourism.   

Key events from simulated rescue and resuscitation (R&R), beach sprints, beach flags, surfboats, board and iron events will provide exciting viewing for spectators at both locations. 

“We’re grateful to our host clubs Warrnambool SLSC and Lorne SLSC for the enormous amount of work that has gone into making these events possible,” Ms Simpson said. “We also thank all volunteers involved in the coaching, officiating, water safety and other activities to make a great competition for all involved – your input is hugely appreciated.

The events are able to be put on thanks to the generous support of LSV’s partner Engine, as well as Surf Life Saving Australia sponsor’s Westpac, DHL and Ampol.

It will be a time of trying your best in the competition, but also a time for making new friends and catching up with the wider lifesaving family after such a long time apart,” Ms Simpson said. “We wish everyone good luck!”

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