Mahli Borham (left), 10, and Karina Perris, 10, both of Ballina Lighthouse Lismore Surf Lifesaving Club, battle it out in the Under-10 flag race during the Nippers carnival at Lennox Head yesterday.
Mahli Borham (left), 10, and Karina Perris, 10, both of Ballina Lighthouse Lismore Surf Lifesaving Club, battle it out in the Under-10 flag race during the Nippers carnival at Lennox Head yesterday. David Nielsen

Huge turn out at junior carnival

THE future of surf life saving on the Far North Coast is in safe hands if the scenes at Lennox Head at the weekend are anything to go by.

About 350 junior surf lifesavers braved the elements for the annual Far North Coast Junior Surf Life Saving carnival with participants from the FNC’s branch clubs – Ballina, Brunswick, Byron Bay, Cabarita, Cudgen, Evans Head, Fingal, Lennox Head, Salt and Yamba – competing across several events in Under-8 to Under-12 divisions.

Among the many results to take note of were the outstanding efforts of Lennox Head trio Hannah Sculley, Scarlett Fahey and India Brown in the Under-11s.

The girls finished first, second and third in three events: Board, swim and ironperson.

Scarlett won the swim and ironperson events, Hannah the board event with India second in the swim and ironperson.

Sea conditions on Saturday were perfect for the water events even if it did rain a little but by yesterday the conditions weren’t ideal.

Officials transferred the Under-9 and Under-10 events from the ocean to nearby Lake Ainsworth for safety reasons.

Some events in the Under-13s and Under-14s will be held next week due to the bad weather yesterday.



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