Hannah hopping into it
HANNAH Sculley will have plenty to contend with atthe NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships at South West Rocks this week.
The three-day event will start on Friday, with the 14-year-old Lennox Head competitor scheduled to compete in 22 events.
"It should be fun," Sculley said.
"I don't know whether I'll end up doing them all though.
"I'm probably more likely to do about 15 but that will still be tough."
Sculley will compete in the Under-14s but will also be stepping up for events in the Under-15 division.
She is most looking forward to the board races and believes her club will do well at the championships.
"We have some good swimmers and board riders at the club," Sculley said.
"Brad Hunt is the state champion in his age for the beach sprint and Harrison Murphy and most of the seniors will go all right."
About 1200 competitors have registered for the event, which is open to all NSW clubs outside themetropolitan areas.
The absence of Sydney, Newcastle and Illawarra clubs from the titles helps make it a more relaxed carnival.
It is also one of the final hit-outs before state and national championships and the only competition onthe surf sports calendar to feature a full range of events at a three-day carnival including surfboats, as well as age divisions from Under-8s through to Masters.
Byron Bay won the overall pointscore last year and is fielding a large team again with Josh Brown, Ela Heiniger, Shannon Hulbert-Green and Conor Moriarty among the club's best.
Cudgen will be well represented by Nathan Gray and Luke Chaffer in a numberof events.
Like many of the athletes competing this weekend, Sculley started surf lifesaving as a six-year-old nipper with carnivals like these the highlight of the season.
"I like competing in the individual events but it's good to be out there in team events with friends too," she said.
"We pick up the training leading into the carnival and then rest up for a couple of days before it."
About 230 events will be contested with 700 medals on offer.
Wauchope-Bonny Hills Surf Lifesaving Club boasts the oldest competitor this weekend with 75-year-old George Fowler competing.
It's the fourth year in a row South West Rocks has hosted the carnival with a new venue to be selected next year.
The NSW State Championships at Umina Beach on the Central Coast will go for 10 days starting on March 1.