Head to head for lifesavers

The Sorrento SLSC under-14 five-person rescue and resuscitation team.
The Sorrento SLSC under-14 five-person rescue and resuscitation team.

It follows four weekends of WA state titles from which Sorrento and Mullaloo surf life saving clubs brought home medals while preparing participants for the national competition.

March 1

In the Masters State Championships at Trigg Beach, Sorrento SLSC came second overall, Mullaloo fourth and Quinns-|Mindarie 13th.

The event included divisions for board, single ski, taplin and beach relays, surf, board and rescue tube races, surf boat, beach flags, run and sprint, board rescue, single and double ski, ironman, freestyle, manikin carry and tow, obstacles, line throw and surfboard and longboard riding.

Sorrento finished the day with 486 points, winning 20 gold, 34 silver and 32 bronze medals, while Mullaloo had 332 points from 14 gold, 24 silver and 20 bronze medals.

Quinns-Mindarie won a gold and bronze medal and received 19 points.

Trigg Beach also hosted the Country Championships the next day.

March 8

The next event was the State Rescue and Resuscitation and Belt Race Championships at Sorrento Beach, with the host club winning the junior and senior overall titles. Sorrento SLSC member Michael Saunders said the event had more of the ‘traditional side of surf life saving using the belts and reels of yesteryear to perform rescues’.

In their first year of competition, the club’s under-12 teams dominated the two-person rescue and resuscitation, taking out the top four places. Sorrento also won the under-14, under-15, under-17, under-19, open female and open male five-person rescue and resuscitations. Ryan Watkins won silver in the under-17 male surf belt race.

Mullaloo SLSC came fifth overall in the seniors, Ben Jones won gold in the under-17 male surf belt, with Jake Platt and Brett Gould coming first and third in the under-19 event.