Five young local lifesavers from Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club have brought home bronze from the 2019 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships (Aussies), with the all-girl team competing in the Youth Championships at North Burleigh last weekend.
The Aussies is an annual event where members from Australia’s 314 Surf Clubs come together to compete in more than 400 beach and ocean events. It is the largest event of its kind, only comparing the likes of the Commonwealth Games.
After placing sixth in the Under 15 Mixed 2-person Rescue and Resuscitation (R&R) technical challenge, local lifesavers Brydie Logan and Mia McCarroll joined Mackenzie Bull, Alessandra Donnelly and Charlotte Drake for the Under 15 Mixed 5-person R&R.
The ladies formed the only Victorian team to place in the Top 5, coming third place overall – a result that 15-year-old team member Brydie Logan credits to her mother and former team coach Simeone Logan, current coach Sally Leung, and the girl power of the team.
“We’ve put a lot effort in and to come out third we were all ecstatic. We were training once a week for an hour for five person and the same again for two-person, but in the lead up to the Aussies we started ramping up our training more, to twice a week,” she said.
“It feels really awesome. Mum actually started crying she was so happy that we got third, just because of all the effort we put in towards the end, she was just really proud of us and how we pulled it all together on the day.”
“This is the first year our five-person team has ever gone to Aussies, and it’s also a first for the club. We have competed together as a team before. We got gold at the Victorian Lifesaving Championships earlier this year. I also won silver for two-person at states.”
“For me lifesaving is not just about going and competing for the club, it’s also about patrolling the beach and the benefit you give back to the community. You also get to learn so many great skills, and lifesaving can really take you anywhere you want.”
Following the Youth Championships at North Burleigh on the Gold Coast, the Masters’ and Open Championships commenced at Broadbeach, with the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships (Aussies) scheduled to wrap up this Sunday.