Four members from Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club have raced alongside Australia’s top ironmen and ironwomen competing in this year’s Coolangatta Gold Festival.
Neil Lazzaro, Ben Greenwood and Loughlin Brown headed north to the Gold Coast at the weekend to tackle the Coolangatta Gold Short Course event, in which competitors complete a 10.5 kilometre ski paddle, 2.5km swim, 3km board paddle and a 5.5 km run.
In the 35 to 49 age group, Lazzaro finished 6th in a time of two hours, 40 minutes and 18 seconds and Greenwood 27th in just over three hours, four minutes and seven seconds.  Brown finished 13th in the open category in a time of two hours, 56 minutes and 42 seconds.  

Greenwood’s 12-year-old son Jimmy also competed at Coolangatta in the 1.75 km youth race in the under 13 age group. It was Jimmy’s first endurance ironman race.

Club President Amanda Castle said the trio from Seaspray was among 216 athletes from across Australia competing in the half distance ironman race last Saturday, with Seaspray among a few Victorian clubs to take on the Ironman race.

“Seaspray was one of just four Victorian surf clubs to enter competitors at Coolangatta,” Mrs Castle said. “This was a great opportunity for our local athletes to test themselves against the best across the country in a world-class event.

“Their achievements continue Seaspray’s success at a national level and I hope it is an inspiration for our younger club members – and new members – as the 2019-20 surf life saving season gets underway.”

The feature event of the Coolangatta Gold Festival is the Long Course event, known as the most gruelling endurance races in surf sports. The course covers a 42.8 kilometre course between Coolangatta and Broadbeach and comprises a 23km ski paddle, 2.1km run, 3.5km swim, 6.1km board and 7.1km run.  The event is the first round of the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman series.

Mrs Castle said anyone wanting to join the Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club could now register to become a member for the 2019-20 season. She urged anyone interested in becoming a volunteer surf life saver, taking part in training and competitions, becoming a Nipper, joining the Surf Rescue Certificate cadets or simply supporting the club

Seaspray Surf life Saving club has a proud history in Surf lifesaving competition from State through to National Competition. Since 1955 Seaspray has always been strong and renowned throughout the state a one of the premier clubs in Gippsland. Over the years Seasprays club members have been successful in all facets of surf lifesaving competition from Surf boat rowing, beach events, and board and ski competition. The club over the years consistently has produced some amazing results at Regional, State, National and World championships.

Seaspray Surf club welcomes and offers members the opportunity to participant, train and compete under trained, experienced and accredited Surf club members and coaches in a safe, fun and professional manner.

If you are interested in having ago and improving your lifesaving and surf sports skills then please don’t hesitate to contact the following Seaspray Surf club Committee members.

Director of sport
Neil Lazzaro
Neil has been a member of the Seaspray surf lifesaving club since a Nipper. He has trained under professional athletes in Queensland, raced the Coolangatta Gold, medalled at State championships in both Ski and Surf boat events, was a finalist in the double ski at the Australian titles and was Head coach of the Victorian State Surf lifesaving team that went over to California to race in the Weiland shield. Neil has plenty of experience and support to help any Seaspray club member achieve their goals. If there are any questions on Surf sports around the club please contact Neil on 0438 441 131

Boat Captain
Stuart Mawley
Stuart is a life member and has well and truly over 20 plus years experience as a Surf Boat sweep. He has steered both male and female Seaspray surf boat crews to State gold medals, Australian Championship finals and Australian Surf rowers league medals and is renowned as one of the best and most careful sweeps in the business State and National wide. If you interested in rowing a surf boat please get in contact with him on 0417 549 840

Board and ski Captain
Loughlin Brown
Loughlin has plenty of Surf lifesaving experience under his belt. He has been ski paddling for over 10 years and has won a Victorian state title in the Double ski and made a Australian Final in the Double ski. Loughlin, our local Chiropactor has taken on the role of Board and ski captain and has a number of experienced ski and board paddlers and coaches at his disposable. He is excited to take on the challenge and bring his experience to the table and help in training and coordinating the youth and board and ski team this year. For more details on the seasons training program please contact
Loughlin on 0409 317 073

Youth programs Co-ordinator
(Beach event co-ordinator)
Sue –Ellen Jackson
Sue-Ellen is a life member and beach event official. This year both Sue-Ellen and her daughter Jess are going to co-ordinate this year’s beach sprint and beach flag training this year. Beach events have always been a passion of the Jackson Family and Jess our State junior champion and open beach flag finalist is excited to train and pass on her knowledge to all Surf club members that want to be involved
For more information please contact Sue-Ellen on 0487 213 536

For more information on what’s on in Victoria and around the club, follow

Useful links

2018/19 Victorian lifesaving Competition calendar here

Lifesaving Victorian sports resources such as youth and seniors team managers, officials handbook and the athlete code of conduct can all be found here