MEDIA RELEASE February 7, 2020

Competitors from Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club took home a handy collection of pennants from the state surf life saving carnival hosted by the club at the weekend.

Club president Amanda Castle said the team from Seaspray had an advantage over their rivals at the carnival, the only state level carnival to be held east of Western Port Bay this season.

“The forecast was for challenging weather on Saturday, so we decided to shift the events planned for that day to Sunday. Instead of a two-day carnival, we were able to hold all of the events on just one day,” Mrs Castle said.

“Seaspray is known for its difficult conditions, but our local competitors are experienced, know the beach well and understand how to use the conditions to their advantage.

“The Dash for Cash still went ahead on Saturday afternoon, attracting friendly competition between entrants. It was very entertaining for all the spectators who gathered to watch in front of the club house.”

Around 130 competitors from across Victoria took part in the carnival. Among the local place getters were Jess Jackson, who won both the Under 19 and Open Women’s Beach Flags; Bridget Brown, second in the Open Women’s Beach Flags; Courtney McDonough, first in the Under 17 Women’s 2km Run; James Robbins, Tom Fleming, and Ari Fleming, first in the Under 19 Men’s Ski Relay; James Robbins, second in the Under 19 Men’s Ski; and Zac Bloink, Owen Gallagher and Angus Hugg, first in the Under 17 Men’s Board Relay. Seaspray also won the Under 19 Women’s Beach Relay.  Complete results from the carnival are not yet officially available from Life Saving Victoria, which will post the results on its website.

“This event was the first state carnival for five of our Under 14 youth members, who’ve stepped up from Nippers last season. They all gave it their best and the club is very proud of them,” Mrs Castle said.

“I also want to thank all everyone who helped out over the weekend. Events like this can’t run without assistance from our water safety volunteers, local officials and Life Saving Victoria. We also had invaluable support from Woodside’s IRB crew, Brydie and Graeme Hurrell, who spent most of the day on the water.”

(From left to right): Zac Bloink, Owen Gallagher and Angus Hugg came first in the Under 17 Men’s Board Relay.

Courtney McDonough (left) won the Under 17 Women’s 2km run, while Jess Jackson (centre) won both the Under 19 and the Open Women’s Beach Flags, and Bridget Brown (right) came second in the Open Women’s Beach Flags and was a member of the winning Under 19 Women’s Beach Relay team.

Ella Ronchi (left) and Amy Fleming (right) teamed up with a competitor from Inverloch to race in the Open Women’s Ski Relay.

Seaspray’s winning Under 19 Men’s Ski Relay team (left to right) James Robbins, Tom Fleming and Ari Fleming.

There was friendly competition between the second and first place getters, Bridget Brown and Jess Jackson, in the Open Women’s Beach Flags.

Trying to keep warm while not competing were (from left to right) Zac Bloink, Courtney McDonough (back), Amy Fleming, Angus Hugg (back), Jess Jackson, Abi Allman and James Robbins.
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