Mt Martha lifesavers crowned Masters champs

Lifesaving champs: Mount Martha Lifesaving Club Masters team celebrate their victories at the Victorian Masters Championships in Lorne. Picture: Supplied

MOUNT Martha Lifesaving Club has been crowned Victorian Masters Champions for 2019 with a victory at Lorne on Saturday 9 February.

The 22-strong MMLSC Masters team finished just five points ahead of Mordialloc Lifesaving Club, with 21 of their members landing individual medals.

The annual Masters’ event saw more than 30 clubs from across Victoria and more than 300 competitors enter the competition.

Mount Martha Lifesaving Club president and Masters competitor, Bec Gibbs, said it was a fantastic day overall and even better to claim the Master championship.

“It’s fantastic, it’s great for our club and it’s great for our junior members,” Gibbs said.

“A lot of our Masters’ are mums and dads who started out when their kids joined and decided to try out lifesaving themselves. 

“They’re great role models for all of our competitors and I’m super proud of all of their efforts.”

Overall, the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region was quite successful at the state championships. 

Other clubs from the region that competed were: Point Leo SLSC (fifth), Portsea SLSC (seventh), Mornington LSC (11th), Mentone LSC (17th), Aspendale LSC (20th), Chelsea Longbeach SLSC (26th) and Rosebud and McCrae LSC (28th).

The Nippers (five to 14-year-olds) followed it up on the Sunday at Lorne after gaining inspiration from the adults, the day before. 

The Nippers will return to Lorne again on Saturday 23 February for the 2019 State Nipper Titles where more than 1,200 juniors are expected to enter the competition.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 26 February 2019