Little Nipper transforms into open surf champion
By Adam Hicks firstname.lastname@example.org IN TWO years, Shannon Hulbert-Green has gone from being a little Nipper to starring among the big fish of the local surf lifesaving community.
The 15-year-old yesterday was named carnival champion at the senior Far North Coast branch championships held at Byron Bay Main Beach.
The Byron Bay Surf Club member won the open swim and the open board as well as the Under-17 swim, board and ironwoman events, to earn the title just ahead of Lennox Head competitor Tanyn Lyndon.
The achievement was made more impressive by the fact that two years ago she was still eligible to compete in junior surf lifesaving carnivals.
“I am really surprised,” she said after learning she had won the title.
“I had no idea I was in the running for it. “I just went in every race I could and just had fun.”
Hulbert-Green was among more than 100 competitors from 10 surf clubs between Yamba and Fingal who competed in the seniors and masters events at Byron Bay Surf Club yesterday.
The hosts were the overall senior champion with 373 points. Cudgen was second with 311 and Lennox Head third with 279. In the masters section, Cudgen took the win with 184 points, with Byron Bay second on 139 and Lennox Head third on 34.