MEDIA RELEASE Thursday, March 5, 2020
SEASPRAY NAMES ITS CLUB CHAMPIONS
Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club has marked the approaching end of the surf life saving season with the running of its annual club championships.
The championships were held on Saturday morning in near perfect conditions.
The event signaled the end of the season for the club’s youngest members, but was a valuable opportunity to train and compete for others who’ll soon be representing Seaspray at state and national title events.
President Amanda Castle said the club was proud of all that its junior members had achieved over the 2019-2020 season.
“The focus of the season for our Nippers caters is on fun, getting involved and safety,” Mrs Castle said. “As they move through the age groups, these kids learn valuable water safety and life saving skills. They gain confidence in the surf and learn how to use valuable life saving equipment.
“For our teenage and adult members, competitions of this kind are a way of practising their life saving skills and an opportunity to show they are rescue ready.
“The club is incredibly proud of what our members have achieved over the summer months, particularly those who were joining us at the beach for the first time. The wider community, too, should be proud of them and feel confident in the skill and ability of those who watch over them at the beach.
“The club championships are an opportunity for our members to come together on the beach and enjoy a morning of friendly competition. It’s a great chance for our new members to see our experienced life savers in action and also to compete alongside one another.”
Those named as age champions at the Seaspray Club Championships were:
Mackenzie Gibbs, under 8 female
Chevy McMahon, under 8 male
Milly O’Brien, under 9 female
Remy Stephenson, under 9 male
Lola Van Berkel, under 10 female
Ky Fleming, under 10 male
Charlotte Armstrong, under 11 female
Leo Stephenson, under 11 male
Dean Feltis, under 12 male
Charlotte Stephenson, under 13 female
Jimmy Greenwood, under 13 male
Ashley Centra, under 14 female
Luca Centra, under 14 male
Kate Ronchi, under 15 female
Ryan Feltis, under 15 male
Bridget Brown, under 17 female
Will Boulton, under 17 male
Jess Jackson, under 19 female
Tom Fleming and James Robbins (joint winners), under 19 male
Bridget Brown, open female
Neil Lazzaro, open male
While the beach training sessions are now over for the youngest club members, beach patrols at Seaspray will continue until after Easter.
Club members involved in surf life saving competitions at state and national level still have a number of major events to look forward to, including the Victorian Lifesaving Championships in Lorne later this month and the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships 2020 on the Gold Coast in April.