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THE #isurfwith Victorian Tour joined forces
with Wonthaggi Secondary College on Thursday
last week for a great display of high performance
Excellent overhead waves and great sand banks
greeted participants at Williamson’s Beach, offer-
ing great opportunities for all involved to display
Thirty-one young males joined the Surfing Vic-
toria Performance Division staff, featuring former
professional WQS surfer and Surfing Victoria
High Performance coaching director Cahill Bell-
Warren and nine times Victorian Indigenous Surf-
ing Champion Jordie Campbell for a high perfor-
mance surf coaching session.
All participants were shown an elite warm up
program and some crucial water safety skills be-
fore getting in the water and learning from two
of Victoria’s elite athletes and high performance
The surfers worked on a wide range of skills,
valuable assets for improving performance levels.
Program coach Campbell was very impressed
by the talent and depth of surfers at Wonthaggi
“I grew up in Sandy Point, not too far east from
here and I just can’t believe how many great surf-
ers attend this school,” Campbell said.
“I wish opportunities like this existed when I was
younger. I’m really envious of the surfing program
that Wonthaggi Secondary College has in place.
“You can really see the growth and development
in these kids as the years progress.
“The 2017 U/18 Victorian State Champ (Taj
Sleeman) has come through this program that is
a great testament to the school’s hard work and
dedication to providing opportunities to its stu-
The aim of the #isurfwith Victorian Tour pre-
sented by Play It Safe By The Water is to use posi-
tive male role models and professional surf coach-
es from Surfing Victoria to pass on their skills and
knowledge to the next generation of male surfers.
The tour moved to Phillip Island on Friday, be-
fore moving Portland in the state’s far west yes-
An exciting addition to this year’s program is all
participants in the program go in the draw to win
a brand new surf board.
Thanks to Global Surf Industries participants
in the program will have the chance to win a new
7S Double Down board just by being part of the
One local boy also took home a prize pack from
tour supporter Quiksilver.
The program will also feature essential water
safety elements to improve the participants’ skills
in ocean environments and provide all with essen-
tial skills to help keep others safe in the water.
The #ISURFWITH Victorian tour is presented
by Play It Safe By The Water and supported by
Surfing Victoria, HIF Australia, Global Surf Indus-
tries, Quiksilver, Cancer Council Sunscreen and
SEVEN champions were crowned at
Phillip Island on Sunday for the Victorian
The event, which brings together the top
Over 35 surfers in the state, saw windy two
to three foot conditions at Cape Woolamai,
testing competitors’ wave selection and
After multiple runner-up finishes, Tim Bir-
nie (Jan Juc) was unstoppable on his way to
the Over 35 Men’s title.
Locking in his two top scoring rides on his
first two waves, Birnie amassed a heat total
of 13.67 points out of a possible 20 to take
Placing in second was Phillip Island surfer
Eli Curry who finished with a heat total of
Adrian Maier (Phillip Island) finished in
third on 10.23 points with Mark Walker (Sea-
ford) in fourth on 9.43 points.
The Over 35 Women’s division saw Phillip
Island’s Michelle Fincher take top honours in
a wave starved final, finishing with a heat to-
tal of 5.60 points.
Placing in second was Angie Reiter (Tor-
quay) on 5.27 points with Kim Byrne (Aireys
Inlet) in third on 3.16 points.
One of the most anticipated finals of the
day was the Over 50 Men’s division which
featured past Australian and Victorian
Coming out on top was multiple Australian
Champion Greg Brown (Jan Juc) who fin-
ished on a heat total of 11.07 points.
Placing in second was Richie Porta (Rye) on
a heat total of 6.84 points ahead of Dave Mat-
thews (Jan Juc) on 5.04 points.
Andrew Dell (St Andrews Beach) finished in
fourth on 4.34 points.
Other division champions on the day in-
clude Grayme Galbraith (Jan Juc, Over
55 and Over 60), Damien Wilson (Jan Juc,
Over 45) and Adrian Maier (Phillip Island,
Over 40 Men).
A LARGE and enthusiastic crowd eager to see
broken cars and rollovers filled the spectator
mound at Nyora Raceway on Saturday, February
25, when the Crash and Bash fraternity hit town.
And they didn’t leave disappointed, after a great
feature race that included spins, crashes and a
huge rollover, finished with recent breakfast televi-
sion star Jake Young taking the big win.
Also competing during the night were a number of
support divisions including the visiting Grand Prix
Midgets with Jason Crawford taking a win, Stan-
dard Saloons with Mark Miles the winner, Sports
Sedans where Jake Blencowe came out on top and
Ladies Standard Saloons won by Sarah Price.
In the Crash and Bash, the feature race was pre-
ceded by nine qualifying heat races, with all cars still
in working condition at the end of qualifying able to
start the feature race in a three abreast line-up.
Nyora member Rob Bushell won the first race
in round two, with Matt Haby and Steve Brown
picking up the other wins before Rob Disher, Ny-
ora member Brad Warren and Jake Young won the
last round qualifiers.
Warren qualified pole position and sensing the
crowd needed a perk up, he offered to start at the
back of the field.
Dave Rowlands from Russell Steel stepped up
and offered a $500 donation to the Camp Qual-
ity Children’s Cancer Charity if Warren could win
from the rear, before Dave Wilson and Anchorage
and Abba Boarding Kennels stepped up with simi-
The challenge had been set, with Warren at the
rear of the field and Steve Brown, Rob Bushell,
Grant Attewell at the front, he had his work cut
out for him.
The front three started well before a lap two cau-
tion flag waved to bring the field back together, by
then Warren had passed 14 cars and lined up in
12th for the first restart.
Leaders started to succumb to being caught
and spun or break downs and tyre flats and Jake
Young eventually hit the lead with Ryan Brown and
Lennie Bonnici carving up the backmarkers.
Numerous yellow light cautions allowed War-
ren to get into the top five, a spin by Bonnici and
Brown getting caught up in action elevated War-
ren to second before a final caution when ‘Sheriff
Jimmy Kane’ rolled over brought the race into an
exciting, green, white and chequered finale.
Young had great mumbo under his hood and he
got a great jump at the final green flag and Warren,
try as he might, just could not get close enough to
Young to catch him and spin him out of the lead.
Young took the win from Warren, Beach, Attewell
Nyora members Mark Miles and Aaron Price
had a great duel in the Standard saloon final with
visiting drivers Dean Pederson, Jay Dickson and
Andrew Dike chasing. The latter three swapped
positions gradually through the course of the race
whilst Miles and Price went nose to tail most of
the way. Miles picked up the win from Price and
Dickson snatched third, with Dike and Pederson
rounding out the top five.
The next event at the Nyora Raceway is the Vic-
torian Ladies Standard Saloon title and Speedcars
on March 25.
TWENTY swimmers from the South
Gippsland Bass Swimming Club attended the
Victorian Sprint Championships at MSAC on
Saturday and Sunday, February 10 and 11.
This included seven new swimmers to the
club’s state team - Hayley Wight, Josh Wight,
Belinda Baird, Oscar Hughes, Trinity O’Keefe,
Cooper Quaife and Matilda Grace.
The heats were held on the Saturday with
SGB swimmers taking big chunks of time off
their previous PBs.
Special mentions to Josh Wight and Nicolette
Wight. Both came very close to making finals.
Josh Wight finished 13th in the 50m fly in his
first year swimming with the club.
Nicolette finished 15th (second 10 year old)
in the 50m backstroke in the 11 and under
Lily Robinson, Nathan Foote and Locke De-
Garis made it through to the finals on the Sunday.
With a close field of swimmers it was going to
take a big swim to move up or hold their place
in the rankings.
All three swimmers responded with all
Lily Robinson won silver in the 50m breast-
stroke, Locke DeGaris bronze in the 50m
backstroke and Nathan Foote was fifth in the
On February 18, the club had 66 swimmers at
the All Junior meet at the Warragul Leisure Cen-
tre. The weather wasn’t the best but the enthusi-
asm of the swimmers definitely made up for it.
The Warragul Outdoor 50m pool was being
used for the first time and it did not disappoint.
The water was warm and the swimmers
would much rather have been in the pool than
out in the chilly weather.
The fantastic results of the day included ap-
proximately 22 swimmers in close to 50 events
qualifying for the semi-finals/finals at MSAC on
March 18 and 19.
A number of swimmers are starting to see suc-
cess for the first time recently due to their hard
work; eight and unders Josh Hunt, Hugh Munro
and Rahni Matheson, Will Carter, Max Hoise and
Angus Baird. There was a huge amount of PBs
on the day which was great to see.
Many of the SGB swimmers have been repre-
senting their local schools at the district swim-
ming competitions, breaking records and pro-
gressing to the higher levels of representation.
It is only one week until the Gippsland Cham-
pionships over the long weekend in March
which the team is very excited about.
For more information about SGB please con-
tact head coach Dylan Muir on 0400 032 734.
Maddy Douglas is one of the South
Gippsland Bass club’s many young stars.
South Gippsland Bass
are making a splash
Ian Lamb is crunched by Nyora member
Brad Warren in the Crash and Bash race at
the Nyora Raceway recently. Photo courtesy
of Napman Photography.
Big Nyora crowd
enjoys crash and bash
The Wonthaggi Secondary College surfers involved in the program. Photo: Surfing
Pro impressed by
Phillip Island’s Michelle Fincher won a
tough final of the Over 35 Women’s divi-
sion in the Victorian Masters Titles.
Local surfers win Masters Titles
Phillip Island’s Adrian Maier took out the Over 40 Men’s division in the Victorian Mas-
ters Titles at Cape Woolamai on Sunday.
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