The Warrnambool Surf Lifesaving Club will utilize its strength on the board at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships

PREPARED: The Warrnambool Surf Lifesaving senior competition squad are ready for the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in Perth. Picture: Sean Hardeman
PREPARED: The Warrnambool Surf Lifesaving senior competition squad are ready for the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in Perth. Picture: Sean Hardeman

WARRNAMBOOL Surf Lifesaving Club’s senior competition coach Steve Kerr hopes his squad's strength on the board will be utilized as members strive for gold at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships at Perth’s Scarborough beach next week.

The Aussies, as they are also called, begin on Wednesday April 18 with Kerr backing the 12-strong squad.

“We have a fairly strong squad going and our main focus will be on the board relays, we think we can go pretty well in those and in the individual events we will see how we go and just try to make a few finals,” he said.

“In our under 17 boys we have four boys going over for the individual board and our relay consists of three members, so one of them will miss out, which makes it good competition for spots and performing to their best.

“Our under 19 male team will go well again and hopefully they can put their best foot forward and make another final, while our girls’ open board relay have won the last three state titles, so hopefully they can go over and make the final for first time for the club for a number of years.”

Kerr confirmed that three new faces will feature in the WSLSC’s squad heading to the annual event.

“Ellie Johnson will join the under 17s and Emma Ragg and Hannah Owen are stepping up from the junior age groups to the open for the first time,” he said. “The three girls have done a great job and come through our nipper program and for them they are bottom age under 17s, so it will be just about gaining experience.”