STATES: Port Fairy, which last hosted a carnival in 2015 (pictured) will host the surf life-saving state championships this weekend.PORT Fairy will welcome thousands to its shore this weekend for the Victorian senior surf life-saving championships.
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Two Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club surfboat crews will be among thosevying for state honours as Victoria’s best surf sports competitors make their way to East Beach.

The championships are expected to bring 1000 competitors to the town.

The Port Fairy-based Shearwaters crew of Scott Hetherington, Greg Dalton, Shaun Murrihy, Dean Dwyer and sweep Paul Buchananwill race in the men’s reserve grade.

Theyhave enjoyedsuccess at masters’ events before, wining four gold medals at state level and have made two finals at national level.

Though they will be competing against a wider age group at the Life Saving Victoria championships, Buchanan said strong form over the season had the men’s crew confident of putting in a good showing.

“We’ve been working hard and the boys have actually won two pennants already in their age group at the Apollo Bay and Fairhaven carnivals,” he said.

“We of course they’re competing against some of the younger and stronger crews in the Victoria championships. But we’re looking forward to holding the Port Fairy flag aloft for the town.”

Paul Buchanan

Leonie Boyd, Brooke Greene, Tania Dalton and Nicole Dwyer will represent the Firebirds in the open women’s grade, with Greg Dalton as the sweep.

They have medalled in the past at the state championships, and will be looking to capitalise on strong training form, with just one prior carnival appearance this summer.

Buchanan, who is special projects officer at Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club, said between competitors, support crews and spectators, there could be 2000-3000 people make their way to Port Fairy.

“It’s the biggest carnival Port Fairy has ever hosted,” he said.

“As a club, we’re excited about having the elite competition come to our beach.”

The surfboat events will be on Saturday, while most other categories will have heats from 8am on Saturday and finals on Sunday.

Buchanan said a mild swell, moderate winds and temperatures of 25-26 degrees Celsius were expected for the weekend, paving the way for a good competition.

Buchanan thanked all the club’s volunteers, as well as Moyne Shire Council and Life Saving Victoria for helping organise the championships.

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