Easter and the school holidays have arrived, and fingers crossed, the sunshine stays!
I have been fortunate to spend this week on the Gold Coast at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships ‘the Aussies’. It has been an awesome week with our small and dedicated team, competing in beach and surf boat events. Competition is an important element of club life. We have a strong junior team so the challenge is to create pathways so these kids can transition with confidence to the senior team. Surf lifesaving competition is broad and includes summer sports in the water and on the sand, IRB racing and pool rescue.
Our active patrolling members continue to patrol the beach on weekends and public holidays. A huge thank you to all patrolling members, the last patrol of the season is Monday 25 April 2022.
Unfortunately, the Fairhaven Ladies Lunch will not go ahead this season. We will refund all tickets and will see you all in January 2023.
A big congratulations and best wishes to Tess Rice and Alex Buckley who celebrated their wedding at Fairhaven last weekend.
In this edition we highlight what’s happening at the club over Easter, sport results after school nippers and some LSV updates.
What’s Happening Over Easter
The Senior Victorian Championships were held in Warrnambool over the March long weekend. A big congratulations to Maddie Marshall winning a Silver medal in the U13 1km Beach Run and Arno D’Andrea wining the U17 Beach Sprint and an unfortunate DQ after winning the U17 beach flags.
A small team of competitors and families travelled to the Gold Coast for the Aussies and achieved some fantastic results.
Aussies 2022 marked 60 years since Malcom Freake competed in his first Aussies and he is still going strong in the beach events.
Arno D’Andrea competed in his first Aussies and let everyone know Fairhaven was one to watch! Arno achieved a Bronze Medal in the U17 Beach Sprint, and 11th place in the U17 Beach Flags. The Australian Championships Bronze medal is a first for Fairhaven in Open competition in beach events. Outstanding achievements from Arno in a hot field of 50 U17 competitors from around Australia. We are so proud of you Arno!
In the master’s competition, the Women’s Surf Boat crew battled the challenging surf conditions and finished with a Bronze medal…a sensational achievement!
A big thanks to Thomo for filling the Team Manager role and its always great to have a friendly official in the beach area…thanks Cutch!
The Aussies are in Perth next year 25 March to 2 April 2023.
Senior Competition Results
- Bronze U17 Beach Sprint
- 11th U17 Beach Flags
Master’s Competition Results
Fairhaven Hot Catch (Tracey Holding, Karen Costa, Mardi Spittle, Sam Trask, Dave Thompson)
- Bronze 220 years Women’s Surf Boat
- 50-54 years Women’s 2km Ocean Swim
- 16th 50-54 years Women’s Surf Race
- 6th 45-49 years Men’s Beach Flags
- 6th 70-74 years Men’s Beach 1km Run
- 7th 70-74 years Men’s Beach Sprint
- 4th 70-74 years Men’s Beach Flags
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