Year 9 student Sebastian Hadaway competed at the Lifesaving Victoria State Championships held in Apollo Bay over 24 and 25 March. He competed for Lorne Lifesaving club in U15 with four other team members. In appalling wet conditions and flat surf, he achieved a silver in the beach sprints (and was only narrowly pipped by the National Champion from Jan Juc). In team results, he achieved a Gold, aqua Cameron Relay (multi-discipline relay where Sebastian is the sprinter), Silver in the beach sprint relay, Bronze in the board relay and Bronze in the surf teams event (400metre open water swim).
Sebastian says: “I enjoy the teamwork aspect of the sport and the fact you have to pass a competency test to be able to patrol and have to give back to the community with patrol hours in order to compete.”
All lifesaving competitors have to clock a minimum of 16 patrol hours in order to compete. Congratulations, Sebastian!
Year 11 student Elias Fernandez has recently competed in the U18 Men’s National Hockey Championships in Launceston, winning 1st place, bringing home a gold medal. He had a terrific tournament and showed great sportsmanship. Elias also represented De La Salle playing in the U16 State School Boys National Hockey Championships in Adelaide December 2017, coming 4th place, where his performance earned him being selected in the Junior Australian Boys Hockey Team. Elias will represent Australia in South Africa June 29 to July 15.
Principal Peter Houlihan commented that it was a “wonderful achievement all round and what a terrific opportunity for Elias and his team-mates. Elias has been very humble about his outstanding record which certainly reflects well on him, proving what a quality young man he is”. Congratulations, Elias!
Mr Luke Kenealy
Director of Students 4 — 9