Surf club bags best medal haul

PORT Fairy Surf Life Saving Club members were carrying some extra baggage when they returned from the Victorian Masters Championships in Lorne on Saturday. 

The club brought home 24 medals from the event, including 12 gold, eight silver and four bronze. 

Club captain Paul Buchanan said it was one of the club’s best  competition results. 

He said the men’s surf boat team claimed back-to-back gold in its age category. 

“We had to beat the current Australian champions in Torquay to get that gold, so it was a fantastic result,” he said. 

“Our women’s beach relay team came through and won gold as well, which was fantastic.” 

Buchanan said a seven-medal haul to Kristen Pennan was another highlight. 

“This is Kristen’s first event in the master’s category and it was just an amazing effort from her,” he said. 

“We had a terrific day on Saturday. It’s one of the best results we’ve had in competition. 

“Then on Sunday we had a good number of competitors in the open grade competition, with a lot of first-time entrants.” 

Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club members also had a successful day on the sand and in the surf. 

Club president Michael Owen said members brought home two gold, one silver and three bronze medals.

Owen said highlights included Peter Day and Mark Owen claiming gold in the 45-year-old double ski. 

Michael Owen teamed up with Robbie Brain to win gold in the 30-year-old double ski. 

The 130-year-old combined ski relay team finished its event in third and Mark Owen finished the 45-year-old iron man in third. 

“We didn’t have a lot of competitors, but those that were there did well,” Owen said. 

jwoolley@fairfaxmedia.com.au 

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