Junior lifesavers impress in Victorian Championships

Life Saving Victoria (LSV) has a bright future as proven by the 860 junior athletes who competed in the Victorian Junior Championships at Lorne Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) this weekend.

Fred Westfield Medalists Oscar Skehan, Point Leo SLSC and Jasmine Hume, Anglesea SLSC. Photo credit: Nish Photography.

The juniors, aged from under nine to under 13, competed in beach, water and lifesaving disciplines, which serves as active training for the skills they require to become qualified lifesavers at age 13.

Local club Ocean Grove SLSC were dominant taking out the overall point score, with 474 points, ahead of fellow Geelong-Surf Coast club Angelsea SLSC with 259 points and Torquay SLSC on 238 points.

It was exciting to award joint overall Under 13 Champion Athletes (Fred Westfield Medalists) to Jasmine Hume from Anglesea SLSC and Oscar Skehan from Point Leo SLSC.  These athletes demonstrated a consistently high level of skill across both water and beach events.

Oscar Skehan was also named the under 13 male water champion for the event, having won the under 13 male board race and placing 2nd in the male iron and surf race, while Mentone Life Saving Club’s (LSC’s) Katie Gorvett-Page was the under 13 female water champion, winning the under 13 female surf race, placing 2nd in the ironwoman and 3rd in the board race.

Under 13 female beach champion Charlotte Dunn, Altona LSC. Photo credit: Nish Photography.

On the sand, Mornington LSC’s Sebastian Jaspers won the under 13 male beach champion, taking out the under 13 male beach sprint and backing this up with 3rd in the beach flags, while Altona LSC’s Charlotte Dunn was the under 13 female beach champion, with a 1st place in the beach sprint and 2nd in the beach flags.

LSV manager aquatic sport Simon Butterly said he was very impressed with the teamwork and comraderie shown by the junior athletes at this year’s championships.

“The level of talent in the water and on the beach, as well as the competitive spirit seen from all our competitors and clubs, makes me very excited for the future of both lifesaving sports and our patrol service for many years to come,” Mr Butterly said.

Under 13 female water champion Katie Gorvett-Page, Mentone LSC. Photo credit: Nish Photography.

“The skills gained throughout these lifesavers’ early years of competition could help our junior athletes to save a life while on patrol.

“I would like to thank Lorne SLSC for hosting us, the officials and powercraft crews for their tireless efforts on the beach for the past three days, the clubs, coaches, team managers and parents and all the other volunteers whose hard work behind the scenes which made this weekend a success.”

The Junior Victorian Lifesaving Championships was made possible by the Victorian Government through the Regional Community Events Fund, which allowed Life Saving Victoria to run this event in a COVIDSafe manner.

Under 13 male beach champion Sebastian Jaspers, Mornington LSC. Photo credit: Nish Photography.

Life Saving Victoria also acknowledges national sponsors Ampol, DHL, Isuzu and Westpac, and Engine as supporting partners of the Junior Victorian Lifesaving Championships.

The full results from the Junior Victorian Lifesaving Championships can be viewed here.

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