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Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club made it Women's Open and Under 19 Beach Flags events in 2022 Australian Lifesaving Championships
Seven Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club athletes have returned home from the 2022 Australian Lifesaving Championships with plenty of results to make themselves and their club proud.
Seaspray's team were Gippsland's sole representatives at the championships, affectionately known as "The Aussies", and it is Seaspray's largest contingent to attend the Aussies since 2012, after sending just one athlete in 2021.
Open competitor Jessica Jackson made the semi-final in the hotly contested open women's beach flags, ranking in the top 10 athletes in the country
Making it to semi-finals
On the open competitor Jessica Jackson made the semi-finals and under 19 competitor Bridget Brown made the semi-final of the under 19 women's event, as well as the quarter final of the open women's category and quarter finals of the under 19 beach sprint in her first ever Aussies.
In the surf, Gippsland's open women's boat crew representative Seaspray Fortified, comprising Linley Bertachini, Sally Black, Kristine Gilbert, Emma Lazzaro and sweet Stuart Mawley faced tough conditions in the large surf with racing postponed for several days before they were able to test themselves against Australia's best.
Life Saving Victoria general manager education, sport and club development Kate Simpson said she was thoroughly impressed with the efforts by all Victorian athletes, officials, coaches, team managers and the other volunteers and supporters who attended The
Gippsland's open women's boat crew representative Seaspray Fortified, comprising Linley Bertachini, Sally Black, Kristine Gilbert, Emma Lazzaro and sweet Stuart Mawley
Trained and worked hard
Ms Simpson said, "As the biggest event on the lifesaving sport calendar, and comparable in size to the Commonwealth Games, it takes an incredible amount of work from our volunteers to get to The Aussies."
"From the athletes putting in months of training, to the officials spending long days on the beach, the coaches and team managers for their tireless work behind the scenes, and other volunteers who tow the trailers, travel with their families and provide support to our athletes, you are all a valued part of Victoria's strong lifesaving contingent."
"To see our Seaspray athletes performing so well across water, beach, lifesaving and surf boat disciplines, balancing their chosen sport with volunteering to keep Victorians safe at our beaches are incredibly impressive." Ms Simpson said.
Pool lifesaving events
Summer might be drawing to an end, but lifesaving sports are not over, with the pool lifesaving season having commenced at:
- Broadmeadows Aquatic and Leisure Centre
- Sunday 27 March
The inflatable rescue boat (IRB) racing season kick off at:
- Mordialloc Life Saving Club
- Sunday 24 April
"Congratulations to everyone on the successful Aussies and season 2021-22. We can't wait to see you back on the beach next season." Ms Simpson concluded.
Pictures from Life Saving Victoria website.
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