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Bronze success for Plant

The Port Fairy Surf Lifesaving Club's Mark Plant won the bronze medal at the recent World Surf Lifesaving Championships at Adelaide in the individual ski race of his age group.

Against a huge international field it was a monumental achievement and arguably the most significant competition result the small club has ever received.

Mark and his partner Ilona are well known around the club for their tireless contributions to developing the juniors in surf competition as well as involvement in many club committee roles.

Also of note were the achievements of the three boat crews who competed. The Fossils, Shearwaters and Firebird crews all produced creditable results in a very strong international field.

All crews made semi-finals and the Shearwaters made their final.

The Fossils crew members were Bob Beekhof, Peter Hill, Les Lynch, Greg Dalton and Paul Buchanan.

The Shearwaters crew were Scott Hetherington, Howard Sharp, Shaun Murrihy, Dean Dwyer and Paul Buchanan.

The Firebirds crew was made up of Leonie Boyd, Ilona Plant, Tania Dalton, Nicole Dwyer and Greg Dalton.


Club captain Paul Buchanan said he was pleased with the turnout of 26 members who attended the skills maintenance day last Sunday and requalified their lifesaving awards. While they will be the core of the volunteer patrols this summer, Paul hopes to see many more members attend the club's last requalification day on Saturday December 15 at 1pm.


The club is inviting to train anyone of any age for their first lifesaving award. Contact Luke at or phone 0401 022 819 to register.


ARTICLE: Bronze success for Plant, November 29, 2012 [The Moyne Gazette].
IMAGE: Mark Plant shares the excitement of his bronze medal with his children, November 29 2012.[The Moyne Gazette].