WARRNAMBOOL Surf Lifesaving Club’s Sophie Thomas, Matt Hardiman and Jane McMeel were rewarded for 12 months of strong form with selection for the Lifesaving Victoria state team.
Senior club coach Steve Kerr said that the trio deserved their spot on the Victorian team for the interstate championships in Adelaide on January 19.
“It’s a credit to the work they have put in over the last 12 months to get this opportunity to represent their state and the club at this competition,” he said.
“The club are really proud of them and it shows others and the younger ones in our squad that there are more opportunities, so it’s good for the club and also the individuals who want to do the same as them.
“It’s a great credit to the club and the work that has been done to get our competition side up to this level, to see them get into a high level team.”
Kerr believes all three are progressing well after the first carnival for the year at Anglesea on Sunday.
“All three of them are going really well in terms of their form,” he said.
“The weekend really consolidated that they were leading the charge for the state in all of their disciplines.”
Thomas has been the strongest of the three recently.
On Saturday she was the first female over the line in the Warrnambool leg of the Shipwreck Coast Swim Series and on Sunday she won the open swim and open iron woman race at the Anglesea carnival.
“Sophie’s form has been really good, she has had a really big winter training and she is looking really fit,” Kerr said.
For the interstate championships, Hardiman and McMeel will compete in the board discipline as individuals, as part of relay teams and as part of rescue teams.
Thomas will compete in the iron woman, open swim and team up with McMeel in an all Warrnambool board rescue team.