MORNINGTON Peninsula’s bright lifesaving future was displayed in the state championship over the long weekend.
The Mornington Life Saving Club finished in Life Saving Victoria’s biggest event on the summer sporting calendar, the Victorian Junior Championships, in third place after three days of competition at Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club.
The Mornington Peninsula club ended up on 234 points at the end of the long weekend, edging out Kingston club Mentone LSC in fourth place with 228 points, with Mordialloc LSC and Point Leo SLSC also finishing in the top ten, on 144 and 139 points respectively.
LSV senior manager sport Chris Schleusener congratulated the Mornington Peninsula clubs competing, with teams from Mornington LSC, Mount Martha LSC, Point Leo SLSC and Portsea SLSC making the journey west.
“Our nippers are the future of our volunteer lifesaving force and to see such an incredible display of skill and teamwork shows that the future of lifesaving across Mornington Peninsula is bright,” Mr Schleusener said.
“From the traditional march past and belt and reel disciplines showing lifesaving’s proud history, to the rescue ready board paddling and surf swimming, lifesaving sport is full of exciting disciplines, all combined with the community mindset of camaraderie between teams and clubs.
“It was fantastic to head west to Warrnambool SLSC, which provided our juniors with an idyllic backdrop and challenging but fun conditions.”
While the Victorian Junior Championships marks the end of Victoria’s summer lifesaving season, the juniors will remain active over winter when the pool lifesaving season commences in July.