Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club hopefuls face uphill battle to reach national championships

SWANSEA-BELMONT Surf Life Saving Club needs help to get its athletes to the national championships.

The 2014 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships will be held at Scarborough Beach, in Western Australia, from March 31.

It is a logistical nightmare for the east coast clubs this year, because they will have to cart all of their lifesaving gear across the country to compete.

Swansea-Belmont is taking 15 athletes in total - all medal-winners at last year's Australian titles.

Backing up to compete again this year are 16-year-old Justin McMorland, of Caves Beach, who won gold in the age group swim and bronze in the iron man and tube races; and Hannah Trypas, 19, of Hamilton, and Renee Gregory, 17, of Blacksmiths, who won the under-19 board rescue.

To raise money for the championships, the club is hosting an event this weekend called I Dream Of The Ride Ons and The Great Dividing Range.

It is on this Saturday, February 22 at Swansea-Belmont Surf Lifesaving Club from 7.30pm.

Tickets are $10, phone 0429 550 083 to purchase them.

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