Carnival at Byron Bay ‘always fun'

LENNOX HEAD surf lifesaver Eliza Armstrong had a busy afternoon at the Far North Coast teams carnival at Byron Bay yesterday.

The 13-year-old competed in six events and was one of 19 nippers interviewed for the branch Junior Lifesaver of the Year award.

"Two from each club get picked and if you get past today you go on to represent the branch at State," Eliza said.

"I love the team carnivals, they're always fun.

"We came second in the board relay and swim events."

More than 400 competitors from Cudgen to Yamba took part in the under-8s to under-14s carnival with Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club making the trip south from the Gold Coast.

"It doesn't normally happen at the junior carnivals, but it's great to see Palm Beach here," carnival referee Bryan Lyndon said.

"They expressed interest and we encouraged them to come down."

The carnival aims to promote sportsmanship and participation through team events.

The only individual events were flag races.

Smaller clubs including Brunswick Heads and Salt-Kingscliff joined the bigger clubs to make up the numbers in the team events.

Towards the end of the day teams were picked at random where children from different clubs competed together.

"The teams carnival is always popular and it's a lot of fun," Lyndon said.



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