MEDIA RELEASE – February 13, 2020
SEASPRAY’S GOLDEN DAY AT THE VICTORIAN MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Every competitor from Seaspray who competed at the 2020 Victorian Masters Lifesaving Championships held at Lorne on Saturday came home with a gold medal.
Around 400 competitors from across the state faced challenging conditions in the surf, which the host club said were only seen a few times a year and challenged the most experienced surf life savers.
Despite travelling nearly 400 kilometres to get to the event, the team from Seaspray was rewarded for its effort.
The winners were:
Mat Fleming and Ern Ronchi, who won gold in the 45 to 49 year-old men’s double ski. Mat also won bronze in the 45 to 49 men’s single ski;
Neil Lazzaro, who won gold in the 35 to 39 men’s board and silver in the 35 to 39 men’s iron man.
Rod Centra and Ben Greenwood teamed up to win gold in the 40 to 44 men’s double ski. Rod also won gold in the 40 to 44 men’s single ski and Ben got the bronze in the 35 to 39 men’s single ski.
Seaspray’s team of Glen Boulton, Stuart Mawley, Bruce Johnson, James Brown and Billy Noble, won the surf boat race for teams with a combined age of 220 years or more.
Seaspray’s strong performance continued the next day when Lorne hosted a senior and youth carnival.
Seaspray’s ski paddlers handled the surf better than most, before the remainder of the water events were cancelled due to the challenging conditions.
Jess Jackson continued her success this season with a second in the open women’s flag race and first in the under 19 women’s flag race. Jess came fourth in the under 19 beach sprint.
Teammate Bridget Brown came 8th in the open women’s beach flag race, fifth in the under 17 beach flag race, and fifth in both the open women’s and under 17 women’s beach sprint. Competing at her first senior and youth carnival, Olivia Hug performed strongly in the beach flags.
Seaspray’s Neil Lazzaro, pictured on the single ski, won gold in the 35 to 39 men’s board race and silver in the 35 to 39 men’s iron man at the Victorian Masters Championship at Lorne. Photo by Brad Walker Photography
Seaspray’s surf boat team of Glen Boulton, Stuart Mawley, Bruce Johnson, James Brown and Billy Noble, won their race for teams with a combined age of 220 years or more at the Victorian Masters Lifesaving Championships held at Lorne. Photo by Brad Walker Photography