March 31, 2014
Lakes Entrance Surf Lifesaving Club’s all-conquering under 15 rescue and resuscitation team (R&R) is travelling to Perth this week to compete in the Australian titles. Team members Hannah Cullen, Mackenzie Bassett, Emma Klijnsma, Caroline Basset and Brodie Colvin have been training together since last June and enjoyed success at carnivals across Victoria this summer.
Two weeks ago they won a gold medal at the state championships at Ocean Grove.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester and club president Matt Twining farewelled the girls on Sunday and wished them success in the national event. Along with several local business sponsors, the Federal Government has assisted the team with a $3000 grant under the Local Sporting Champions program. The program is designed to help regional families with the costs associated with training and competing at an elite level.
“The Local Sporting Champions program won’t pay all of the costs for the team but it will help to make it a little bit easier for the families who have undertaken their own fundraising and been supported by local businesses,” Mr Chester said.
“All of the Lakes Entrance juniors have competed well over the summer and it’s terrific to see one of our teams making the long journey to Perth to take on the best in Australia.”
Mr Twining said the entire club was proud of the girls’ effort this year.
“It takes a lot of training and dedication to excel at R&R and we’re looking forward to seeing how the girls perform at the highest level,” Mr Twining said.