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GOLD Coast ironman Ali
Day will be a star attraction
as he ventures down to Venus
Bay on Saturday, January 14.
Ali will be offering a surf clinic
for Venus Bay, Inverloch and sur-
rounding surf lifesaving competitors
to help hone their skills for the up-
coming junior and senior competi-
tion series which lead up to the state
and Australian championships.
Ali himself is the current and
four times Coolangatta gold winner,
which is the most grueling surf life-
saving endurance event in Australia.
He is also the winner of the pres-
tigious Nutri Grain Ironman Series
and has won numerous state and
Australian championship events.
In the sport of surf lifesaving
there is no better role model for
athletes to learn and enhance their
The two hour clinic will take
place at 11am on Venus Bay number
one beach on Saturday, January 14.
This is for competent competi-
tors from all age groups from any
surf club, so don’t miss out on this
amazing opportunity to train along-
side the absolute best.
However, the Saturday spectacu-
lar doesn’t end there with Ali attend-
ing the Venus Bay Surf Lifesaving
Club at 8.30pm that night as a spe-
cial guest for a sports night.
Ali will share with the audience
what it takes to become an elite ath-
lete and be successful in your chosen
He will share the highlights and
the challenges of his amazing career
in the professional sport of ironman
racing and surf lifesaving.
Endurance training, motivation
and nutrition amongst many other
topics will be covered by Ali as we
all discover what it takes to be at the
top and how to stay there.
This evening is perfect for any
athlete in any sport to understand
true commitment and the pathway to
Venus Bay Surf lifesaving Club
is hoping to attract families, athletes
and people from all over our region
to attend this spectacular evening.
Tickets for these events are on
sale now by contacting Dave Cum-
ming of Venus Bay Surf Life Saving
Club on 0438 831 376.
The club also has a pasta night
preceding the sports night from 6pm
so book a meal and tickets to the
sports night and enjoy an evening at
Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club.
VENUS Bay Surf Life Saving Club set an En-
duro Ironman record last week.
The event ran for four hours and 10 minutes, setting
the record for future events to beat.
Initially, the club had planned to run the event for six
hours, but it had to finish early due to thunderstorms.
In this time, 78 relay lengths were completed with a
huge cross section of the club competing.
The lifesaving Ironman included a 288 metre swim, a
388 metre board paddle and a 502 metre surf ski paddle.
“It was great to see both young and old members hav-
ing a go and setting a record in the process,” organiser
and active member of the surf club Paul Hoffman said.
“We had great support from the community. A lot of
people came down to the Tarwin River and showed a lot
The Ironman was held in the Tarwin River to promote
water safety and raise awareness about river drownings.
“We believe we got our message across, but it is a
work in progress,” Mr Hoffman said.
“It was good that we had some Nippers participating,
because it reinforced messages of water safety to them.”
Mr Hoffman said the Enduro Ironman will certainly
become an annual event.
“Most definitely we would want to do it again. We’ve
set a benchmark and we plan to set another record,” he
“The club would like to thank the community for its
support and South Gippsland Shire Council who gave us
the grant to get this great initiative underway.”
GIPPSLAND South MLA Dan-
ny O’Brien is encouraging all
local sporting clubs and organi-
sations to apply for grants of up
to $5000 through round two of
the State Sporting Club Grants
Mr O’Brien said the grants allow
sporting clubs to update their equip-
ment, train their volunteers and improve
their operational effectiveness.
“Grant streams like this are a great
opportunity for clubs to purchase new
equipment and help improve their fa-
cilities and club.”
There are three categories in the
Grants of up to $1000 can be spent
to buy new uniforms or equipment vital
for participation in the sport.
Grants of up to $2000 go towards
improving the skills of the club mem-
bers by providing training for coaches,
officials, administration, staff and man-
Finally, grants of up to $5000 can be
used to improve the operational effec-
tiveness and efficiency of clubs through
strategic planning, or to increase com-
munity participation through accessible
sport and active recreation opportuni-
“Clubs and organisations can submit
one application in category one and one
in either category two or three in each
funding round,” Mr O’Brien said.
The following local clubs were suc-
cessful in their applications through
round one of the Sporting Club Grants
program; Poowong Tennis Club ($970)
and Leongatha Basketball Association
For more details about the grants,
Applications are now open and will
close on February 15.
Funding supports local clubs
Role model: Gold Coast Iron-
man Ali Day will be at Venus
Bay to help local surf club mem-
bers hone their endurance skills
on January 14.
Ironman to inspire
Initiative: from left, Troy Harvey, Paul Mullarvey and Paul Hoffman partici-
pated in Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club’s Enduro Ironman to raise aware-
ness about water safety near rivers.
Surf club set a record
Beautiful: from left, Cape Paterson’s Ashlee Ben-
dall and Josie Edmonds looked stunning in their
race day outfits at Woolamai on Monday.
First win of the day: Little Whistle ridden by
Noel Callow streaks across the line in first place
for the first race of the day at Stony Creek.
Good company: from left, Wonthaggi’s Marci Katz, Betty Butler, Britt Thomas, Jarney Thomas and
Jules Pigdon watched the races together at Woolamai on Monday.
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