Harris claims maiden Jim Wall Classic, Vernon repeats

January 7, 2024 BY

Jim Wall Classic winners for 2024 Grace Harris and Archie Vernon. Photos: PETER MARSHALL

TWO former Torquay Surf Live Saving Club juniors have etched their names into history with dominant performances at the 2024 Jim Wall Classic.

Torquay Ironwoman and Alexandra Headland SLSC representative Grace Harris went one position better than her 2022 runner-up finish to claim her maiden Jim Wall event at Torquay Surf Life Saving Club.


Under 17 Female Iron podium finalists Mae Lynch, Jemma Holt, and Zoe McKenna.


Former Torquay junior and Surfers Paradise SLSC representative Archie Vernon notched up his second consecutive Jim Wall win in the men’s field.


Noah Maggs of Newport SLSC in the Under 17 Male Iron.


Harris said the win takes a huge weight off her shoulders after coming so close to the top of the podium two years ago.

“It’s something I have wanted to achieve for a few years now and I hadn’t been able to do it, so it’s nice to finally be able to tick it off,” Harris said post-win.


Mentone SLSC’s Julian Lau (middle) paddles his way to a third-place finish in the Under 17 Male Iron.


Harris overcame defending Jim Wall champion and Warrnambool SLSC lifesaver Mia Cook, in addition to fellow Torquay competitor Jemma Holt to secure the trophy.

Vernon said he is extremely proud to add another Jim Wall win to his list of accolades.

“I’m super stoked,” Vernon said shortly after the race.

“I probably didn’t have the best preparation leading into it having had a bit of fun with my mates over the past two weeks, but it’s been really good to see everyone.


Athletes begin the Under 15 Female Iron event.


“It’s always a good time of the year, one I look forward to knowing I’m heading back home to my family and friends.

“I’d built some really good momentum leading into Christmas with training, so I knew as long as I was happy and in a really good mental space, I could dial it in and get the job done.”


Mentone SLSC athlete Katie Gorvett-Page in action.


Vernon navigated a high-quality field, overcoming Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park SLSC representatives Drew Green and Sean Rielly on the podium.

Torquay SLSC president Julian Sweeney confirmed Sunday’s event was the biggest to date with more than 250 registered competitors.

Green was in particularly good form after winning the Danger 1000 event on Saturday afternoon.


Eventual Under 15 Female Iron winner, Newport SLSC’s Sadie Maggs.


Newport SLSC’s Noah Maggs and Torquay’s Jemma Holt were crowned Under 17 Iron winners, Grange SLSC athlete Robert Burfield and Newport SLSC’s Sadie Maggs earned wins in the Under 15 Iron, and Mornington SLSC’s Ethan Gately and Mentone SLSC’s Kahsia Lockwood won the Jim Wall Classic’s inaugural Under 13 Iron events.

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