Portland scoops three medals at lifesaving championships
FIVE Portlanders returned home from the Lifesaving Victoria State Championships in Warrnambool on Sunday afternoon with plenty to be proud of after collecting two silver medals and one bronze.
Competition began on Saturday with Portland Surf Life Saving Club members Zane Barker, Harrison Hampshire, Jack Hernan and Sam Hampshire taking on under-19 beach events.
Barker, the returning Victorian beach sprints 100-metre champion, backed up his debut gold-medal winning performance in 2018 with silver in the final.
The boys then got together for the beach relay, winning silver.
Competition then heated up on the Sunday, with the four members joining up with coach and sweep Andy Murrell and taking on the under-19 surf boat rowing.
Portland finished third overall, training Port Campbell in second and Torquay in first.
“Putting everything into context, we’re reasonably happy with how everything went,” Murrell said.
“Zane (Barker) won silver in the final of the beach sprint and then the boys backed it up with another silver in the beach relay which was great to see.”