By MARK HEENAN
HUNDREDS of elite state surf life saving club descended on Ocean Grove Main Beach for the first Life Saving Victoria carnival of the season on Sunday 13 December.
Ocean Grove SLSC head coach Sonia Kinsey said it was a terrific day to compete with warm weather and off-shore conditions.
“It was off-shore for most of the day, it was definitely what we wanted for the first carnival,” Kinsey said.
The Ocean Grove brother and sister pairing of Nathan and Keely Peatling finished second in the open mixed double ski event.
Keely Peatling teamed up with Lucy Conquit and Danielle Silvester for Ocean Grove in the open women’s surf board teams race to finish second out of six teams competing.
In the men’s iron man under-17 race, Campbell Bohan finished second.
In the Junior Nipper carnival held at Mount Martha on Saturday 12 December, gun Ocean Grove SLSC Nipper Charlie Mahoney won the boys under-12 surf board race.
Mahoney also placed second in the boys under-12 iron man race.
In the under-13 event, Ocean Grove SLSC competitors Tim Hannan won the boys iron man race and finished second in the boys surf race.
Hannan’s Ocean Grove team-mate Tyler Walsh won the surf race.
Kinsey praised the parents of Ocean Grove SLSC competitors who helped commute with board equipment from Ocean Grove to Mount Martha via the Queenscliff and Sorrento ferry service.
“The parents are amazing and very supportive and you could not ask for a better backing group,” Kinsey said.