2018 BYS Team Challenge

by / Wednesday, 28 February 2018 / Published in Latest News


Last Sunday week saw the third edition of this novel event and the feedback was again encouraging … and it seems there is also a growing spectator support base!

We had 13 teams competing, with the winning team completing a 3-peat! The Portsea Kings again defended their title ahead of some hot competition from the Portsea Queens, with the Commodore’s team coming in third. This year a handicap division was introduced and the Portsea Queens saluted ahead of the Portsea Kings with The Plodders third … and so the handicapper will need to tougher on the Portsea teams next year!

The Portsea Kings (and Portsea Queens) represented Portsea Surf Life Saving Club with the winners completing the five legs in just over 74 minutes, beating their time of last year. It was great to also have some family teams alongside teams from different walks of life, with the Rosebud Police (“The Plodders”) again participating.

The conditions were fantastic and made for a great spectacle! Our safe boat harbour again provided good protection and the support from Andrew Colliver and Tom Opie as volunteers on the patrol boat ensured everyone was safe while in the water. On land, our thanks go to Andrea and Jacqui Devereux for helping to promote, coordinate and track the competitors, and to Andrew Molony, Anna Molony, Louise Leggo, Nicki Allen and Sandy Lindholm for acting as marshals out on the road; and to Phil Beattie for helping out with some “A” frames and signage.

The event was followed by lunch on the deck and we thank our F&B staff for making all the competitors and their guests welcome.

All proceeds on the day went to headspace Frankston in support of their youth unemployment programs on the Peninsula. We had their Program Manager, Leisl Jackson and Rose Mary Dowling attend, with Leisl providing an overview of the tremendous work that they do and they were both thrilled with the turnout and support.

Plans are already underway to now take the event to the next level and we look forward to BYS having a number of teams involved next year.

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