Altona Life Saving Club wins cash prize in radio station competition

Altona Life Saving Club members celebrating on Altona Beach after winning a radio station competition. (Jo Wicks)

Altona Life Saving Club has scored $2,000 from a Melbourne radio station, winning their share in a $40,000 total cash prize pool, as part of the Little Legends competition on Macquarie Sports Radio 1278AM.

The combined efforts of club members, families, friends, partners, supporters and the wider community helped Altona Life Saving Club win the competition, and club president Lisa Curran said everyone who voted and promoted the club is a winner.

“I am delighted that people from the wider community took the time to vote and that it shows how people value the work of our volunteers and the vital role we play in our community,” Ms Curran said.

The win is welcome news for a club that boasts over 600 members, including 200 nippers and 100 kids in a rapidly growing sports program. The cash will enable them to patrol the beach, engage their nippers and for their athletes to compete at all levels.

“We patrol from November through to April every year as a volunteer service that we offer on weekends and public holidays. We have our very strong and growing nipper program, as well as our youth program. We also have a strong competition arm,” Ms Curran added.

Lisa Curran with Matt Thompson and Jimmy Bartel on Macquarie Sports Radio. (16/08/18)

Altona Life Saving Club committee member Paul Puhar, who has been a member of the club for over eight years, said the prize money would be used for much needed equipment and training at the club.

“We had to commence a bit of a rebuild about two years ago because we lost our head coach, and with the head coach going we lost a lot of our intellectual property around coaching,” Mr Puhar said.

Paul Puhar chats to Tony Leonard and Jimmy Bartel on Macquarie Sports Radio. (25/07/18)

“We’ve had to invest heavily through grants and what have you to get the capacity within our coaching ranks up to the next level. So, we’d like to use the money to invest in some high-performance training to get some better outcomes and performance in our kids.”

Macquarie Sports Radio 1278AM has been inviting junior sporting clubs across the country to nominate for their Little Legends competition. Over 280 clubs were nominated and more than 10,000 votes were cast in the competition.

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