Nippers season officially kicks off this weekend

U11 competitor Ollie Sharpe (second from left) lines up for the Board event at Wave Warriors on 3 October. Photo Contributed
U11 competitor Ollie Sharpe (second from left) lines up for the Board event at Wave Warriors on 3 October. Photo Contributed Contributed

THE wait for some excited nippers is almost over, with the season officially kicking off at Lennox Head Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club on Sunday.

The season will officially start at 9am on Sunday, Junior Activities Coordinator, Sam Miller said.

"This will be our 42nd season, and around 100 nippers from U6 through to U14 age groups are expected this year," she said.

"First order of business will be the distribution of pink rashies, which this year have been made possible due to the generosity of our gold sponsor, Lois Buckett Real Estate."

"We thank Lois and her team for their continuing support of our club, which allows us to function within the safety guidelines as set down by Surf Lifesaving Australia."

During club days at nippers, volunteer age managers teach children surf awareness skills, and coach them in running, swimming and board paddling.

Nippers aged eight and over also have the opportunity to test their skills against other clubs when they compete at carnivals.

"At our club, everyone is made to feel welcome, and participation is strongly encouraged," Ms Miller said.

"While the club prides itself on its growing reputation for sporting excellence, we also place a strong emphasis on sportsmanship and simply having a go.

"It's all about having fun in a safe environment, learning new skills and developing an appreciation of outdoor fitness."

"It's already been a great start to the season for some of our nippers, and I congratulate Jack Breen and brother and sister duo Niamh and Ollie Sharpe for representing our club so comprehensively at the Wave Warriors event at Currumbin on 3 October."

In just her first time competing on a board, U9 competitor Niamh scooped the pool, winning the board event as well as securing gold in the Ironwoman and swim.

Her brother Ollie took out third in the U11 board event and fifth in the Ironman; and fellow competitor Jack brought home silver in the U12 beach sprint and came fourth on the Board.

"With results like this, Lennox Head Alstonville SLSC is sure to stand out on the beach this summer," Ms Miller said.

The Club is also gearing up for its Dolphin Enduro event, which will be held on Saturday, October 17 for competitors aged 10-17.

This is the regions premier junior lifesaving endurance event and features swim, board and run legs, with one lucky competitor taking home a Dolphin Board (value $1900+).

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