LSV victorious at Vicsport Awards

Life Saving Victoria (LSV) members Rachael Rylance and Sam Barrow have been recognised for their sporting efforts at the 2021 Victorian Sport Awards. 

Rachael Rylance at the 2021 Victorian Sports Awards. Photo: Fifty Mil Studios | |

Rachael is a member at Elwood Life Saving Club (LSC) and is involved in aquatic sport as a competitor, official, coach and as the former LSV board director of aquatic sport was named the VALO Volunteer of the Year. 

“I didn’t expect to win but I feel honoured to have been recognised as Volunteer of the Year and am very grateful for all the other wonderful volunteers I have the pleasure of working with,” she said. 

“Our sport is unique in that it’s not only a great way to stay fit, it helps improve our rescue skills and provides valuable water safety skills for patrolling lifesavers. I love the sense of community among competitors, team managers and officials alike. 

“I’m proud of all of my achievements in lifesaving, from winning an Australian Masters medal in inflatable rescue boat (IRB) racing and being appointed team manager of the Australian IRB team, to seeing athletes develop their skills as a coach, to the changes we were able to make during my time as director on the aquatic sport executive, including the sport review and outputs that came from it.” 

Sam Barrow at the 2021 Victorian Sports Awards. Photo: Fifty Mil Studios | |

Mordialloc LSC athlete Sam Barrow was crowned Involve Masters Athlete of the Year for her efforts as a triple threat on the sand, claiming gold in the 45-49 years women’s two-kilometre beach run, beach sprint and beach flags at the 2022 Victorian Masters Championships. 

Sam credited her family and club when reflecting on her win, having made lifesaving sport a family affair, training and competing alongside her husband Martin and daughter and stepdaughter Pippi and Trinity. 

“It was very humbling to win the Masters Athlete of the Year award, I’m exceptionally proud of myself not just as a role model for our younger athletes at Mordialloc, but for LSV in general being a volunteer organisation and that our volunteering to keep the public safe spans into the competitive sports side,” she said. 

“I am proud to not only contribute to LSV as a competitor but as a volunteer on the beach patrolling, coaching our junior and youth beach sprints athletes with my husband and also furthering the participation of more parents competing in the masters division.” 

LSV general manager education, sport and club development Kate Simpson congratulated Rachael and Sam for their recognition at the Victorian Sport Awards. 

“LSV is incredibly proud of everyone involved in aquatic sport, from the athletes to the team managers and officials and the water safety crew; to see them recognised for their efforts beyond our own organisation is a phenomenal achievement,” she said. 

“Both Rachael and Sam have made and continue to make an enormous contribution to the development of our sport, athletes and officials and we are incredibly lucky to have them as part of our organisation. 

“I extend my congratulations to Rachael, Sam and the other LSV finalists at this year’s Victorian Sport Awards.” 

Fellow LSV finalists at this year’s Victorian Sports Awards were the South Melbourne Seahorses for Young Team of the Year, the Lorne Pier to Pub for Active Recreation of the Year and Kaya Cook from Mt Martha LSC for Official of the Year.  

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