Seaspray impresses

SEASPRAY turned heads at the first Life Saving Victoria carnival to be held in almost a year, walking away with impressive wins in the beach flags.

A small contingent of junior and youth competitors represented Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club at the two-day Mordialloc carnival at the weekend.

Seaspray’s success began on Saturday at the youth and senior carnival, where under 19 women’s events were combined with the open women’s events. This meant Jessica Jackson and Bridget Brown competed in the open events as under 19 competitors.

Jackson won both the under 19 and open women’s beach flags, while Brown came fourth in the under 19 and fifth in the open.

In the beach sprint, Brown placed third as an under 19 competitor and fifth in the open. Jackson came fourth in the under 19 and seventh in the open.

Courtney McDonough came fourth in the beach sprint and the beach flags in the under 17 women’s competition.

The next day, Seaspray continued to show its strength on the sand during the Nippers events for under 12s and under 13s.

Leo Stephenson and Jett McMahon took first and second in the under 12 boys’ beach flags against a strong field of more than 80 competitors representing surf clubs across Victoria, while Lily Canfield reached the semi-finals of the under 12 girls’ beach flags.

In the under 13 boys’ competition, Jimmy Greenwood ran strongly in the two kilometre beach run and the beach sprint, finishing fifth in both events.

All water-based events at the carnival were cancelled because of water quality concerns.

This was the first Life Saving Victoria carnival to be held since February last year. The next carnival for youth and senior competitors will be at Lorne tomorrow, while the next Nippers carnival is scheduled for February 20 at Ocean Grove.