High hopes for Cudgen and Lennox nippers
CUDGEN nipper Josh Jones is known to his coach and his teammates as 'The Weapon'.
Jones and Lennox Head competitor Hannah Sculley have been earmarked as two of the nippers expected to win medals at the NSW Surf Lifesaving Championships starting today.
The three-day event is being held at Umina Beach on the Central Coast with Jones competing in a host of Under-12 events.
He won five gold medals in the NSW Country Championships at South West Rocks in January.
"Little Josh, I like to call him The Weapon," Cudgen and NSW assistant coach Scott McCartney said.
"He has that attitude where he wants to win everything.
"He's always out the back charging and puts 100% into everything."
More than 8000 competitors will arrive on the Central Coast in the next week with open and senior competition to follow the nippers on Wednesday.
McCartney believes Sculley is a rare talent in the Under-14s and expects the board specialist to be one of the top FNC competitors.
"If she positions herself well in the board I think she is a big chance of winning the ironwoman event," McCartney said.
"Generally girls are stronger in the swimming events but Hannah is really good on the board.
"To have that extra talent is a real bonus and it really showed at the inter-branch carnival.
"Lennox has some good numbers and she'll be right up there."
McCartney said Ballina and Byron Bay would also be well represented in the nippers.
"Byron Bay are always competitive and will have good numbers,"he said yesterday.
"They have a lot of nippers so they get plenty of chances to compete and challenge each other throughout the season."
Other Cudgen nippers expected to do well are Josh Quinn and Lewis Warne in the Under-14s.
The State championships were held at Kings-cliff last year with Manly winning on overall points.
The Australian championships are at Kurrawa on the Gold Coast next month.