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THE #ISURFWITH Victorian Tour returns
to beaches across the state in February, with
Surfing Victoria’s high performance coaching
director Cahill Bell-Warren joined by eight-time
Victorian Indigenous Surfing Champion Jordie
Campbell for a series of exciting water safety
and coaching sessions from Portland to Mal-
With years of experience on the elite WQS
tour as a competitor and coach, Bell-Warren
has extensive experience and knowledge on the
processes required to improve surfing perfor-
mances and compete at all levels. Bell-Warren
is looking forward to being joined by Campbell
for the tour.
“Jordie is an integral part of Surfing Victo -
ria’s Performance Division and has a great pas-
sion for delivering high performance coaching
opportunities to Victoria’s regional areas,” he
said. “His experience across all levels of surf-
ing, from grass roots participation programs,
will be a valuable addition to the #ISURFWITH
The tour will visit Bass Coast for Wonthaggi
Secondary College’s on Thursday, March 2 and
Phillip Island on Friday, March 3, and will fea-
ture essential water safety elements to improve
participants in ocean environments and pro-
vide all with essential skills to help keep others
safe in the water.
For further information or to register for the
programs, visit www.surfingvic.com
THE 2017 club track titles were run on Friday
night and the weather conditions were great with
a warm evening and no wind.
The club titles are run over three events – a
500m time trial, a sprint event and a scratch race
event – a mass start race.
The first four placegetters earn points and the
overall champion has the best points tally.
The Friday night racing follows a pretty hectic
schedule for the local riders with riders racing at
Warragul for Sunday morning criteriums, Mon-
day night track training and Wednesday night twi-
light racing for a Gippsland summer road series.
Some riders found the step up from the 400m
time trial to the 500m a bit of a challenge for the
mind but this is done so that riders can record
a time for usage when it comes to entering state
The riders are also riding in age group events
seniors, under 17 and under 15 years groups.
The weekend also clashed with some state based
events so some of the riders chose not to race the
In the Under 15 time trial, Kaleb Jans 46.37sec
was just ahead of Jack Allen 46.51 sec whilst Nick
Blogg was at 56.20 sec.
In the Under 17 group, Oliver McLean 40.05 sec
grabbed the five points on offer, ahead of Oscar
Bowler (41.59sec), Tom Fitzgerald (43.35sec) and
Felicity Waddell (49.51 sec).
In the senior group, Harrison McLean kept the
family name on top with 39.89 sec. Steve Allen
on 40.14 sec was next, followed by Dylan Adams
41.64 and Dane Herbert close at 41.94 sec getting
the 1 point.
On to the sprint event and in the Under 15
group Jack Allen, who has improved markedly
over the season, took the points from Kaleb Jans
and Nick Blogg.
In the under 17 division, Oliver McLean and
Oscar Bowler won their first round heats to set
up a heat for the major placings. In the final Oli-
ver McLean had too much experience and duly
claimed his second set of five points from Oscar.
The minor place heat saw Tom Fitzgerald grab
third ahead of Felicity Waddell.
In the senior sprint event, the first round heats
saw Dylan Adams get a great lead out in his heat
to move him into the final whilst Harrison McLean
took out Heat 2. The final match up saw Dylan
Adam grab a narrow win over Harrison leaving
them on level points with the scratch race as the
The minor placings went to Steve Allen, third
and Mark Bensley in fourth.
The last event of the championship, the scratch
race was set up for a decider in the Under 15 sec-
tion as well and in a desperate run to the line Jack
Allen secured the win ahead of Kaleb and Nick
and hence take home the Under 15 Club cham-
In the under 17 division, Oliver McLean kept it
all under control and took out the win and the
title. However, on the last bend, Oscar managed to
tip himself off the bike and take a hard fall which
let Tom Fitzgerald in for second whilst Felicity
However, the final points tally saw Oliver with
15 as winner, Tom with seven points just moved
ahead of Oscar on six point and Felicity on four
points. The senior race saw a steady pace for the
race and Harrison and Dylan watching each other.
In the dash to the line, Harrison just pipped Dylan
whilst Steve Allen grabbed third ahead of Dane
The end points tally saw Harrison on 13 points
as champion, Dylan with 10 points take the silver
medal, Steve Allen with seven points taking the
Earlier in the night, Jack Allen won the B Grade
warm up scratch race from Kaleb and Felicity
whilst in the A Grade event Chris Ray was too
quick and had a commanding win from Harrison
The last rides for the night saw the B Grade rid-
ers ride a five lap progressive points race and this
saw a real slug fest between Kaleb and Jack with
the better fitness of Kaleb eventually overcoming
the greater speed of Jack to take the win whilst
Felicity secured third place.
The A Grade field raced an elimination and Oli-
ver McLean was on fire controlling the race from
the front and seeing off the challenges each lap.
The end result was a great win to Oliver ahead
of Chris Ray and Harrison in third place.
Next Friday there will be no track racing as a
number of the officials and riders will be away
helping with the Tour of East Gippsland at Bairn-
Riders will have to make do with Monday night
training and a Wednesday night hit out at Hazel-
wood for the Gippsland twilight series.
Dylan Adams takes the win from Steve Allen in a sprint heat of the championships on
Club champions decided
THE Corner Inlet Pony Club held their
annual combined training event on Sunday,
February 12 at the club grounds at Benni-
Winners of the annual Corner Inlet Pony
Club John Hopkins Memorial Combined
Training Team Shield for 2017 were Lucy
Spooner, Darcy Nicoll, Katie Standfield and
The club would like to thank the fantastic
judges, Barb Wright (Dressage) and Shane
Simpson (Showjumping) for their support
on the day.
A great day was had by all, regardless of
the windy, and at times wet, conditions.
Thanks also to the tireless committee
members and all the parents and riders who
helped with set-up and pack-up.
Winners of the John Hopkins Memorial Shield were Lucy Spooner, Darcy Nicoll, Katie
Standfield and Louis Fulkerson.
Corner Inlet annual shield
All winners and placegetters with judges Barb Wright and Shane Simpson at Satur-
day’s annual combined training event.
Last year’s participants in the #ISURF-
WITH Victorian Tour at Phillip Island. The
tour is back this February, with stops at Won-
thaggi Secondary College and Phillip Island.
Surfing tour returns
THE South Gippsland Yacht Club celebrated
its 50th anniversary at Inverloch on Saturday,
February 11, with a good crowd of past and pres-
ent members along with families and friends.
The afternoon’s program began with a special-
ly-dedicated race which saw sailors competing
in fresh conditions for a one-off 50th anniver-
Conditions proved to be challenging with sev-
eral boats going over at the gybe mark or while
pushing a little too hard on the reach back from
Visitors were able to watch the action and see
the club in full swing while reminiscing about
the basic facilities and homemade boats of the
early days along with the changes in the Inlet
over that time, changes which were highlighted
by many of the old photos and items of memora-
bilia on display in the club rooms.
The rest of the day was devoted to catching
up and telling stories over some food and a few
drinks. Commodore Rob McNair welcomed ev-
eryone before introducing Life Member Allan
Meiers to open the formal speeches.
Kevin Cousins, now living on Bribie Island,
regaled the crowd with stories of the early days
when the club started on a thirty five foot square
For many years the club’s brass bell has been
used to signal sailors crossing the finish line at
the end of every race.
It was news to many to hear how it had made
its way from Japan after WWII to spend some
time in a local church before finding its current
Formalities concluded with the winner of the
50th anniversary race, Bradley Westaway, receiv-
ing his medal.
The presentation was made by one of the early
members, Colin Brennecks, who travelled from
Bunbury WA to take part in the celebrations.
Young club member Aaron Lopez-Freeman
then provided the musical entertainment lead-
ing up to a barbeque dinner on the lawn with
much of the crowd making the most of the ideal
weather well into the evening.
Garry Plozza working hard to keep his boat
level at Saturday’s anniversary celebrations
for the South Gippsland Yacht Club.
50 Years for South
Gippsland Yacht Club
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