Nippers to hit the water
THE wait for nippers is almost over, with the junior surf lifeaving season officially getting under way tomorrow.
"This will be our club's 43rd season, and about 200 nippers from Under-6s through to Under-14s are expected,” Lennox Head Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club junior activities co- ordinator Sam Miller said.
During club days, volunteer age managers teach children surf aware- ness skills, and coach them in running, swimming and board paddling.
Nippers aged 8 and over also get 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,” Miller said.
"While the club prides itself on its growing reputation for sporting excellence, we also place a strong emphasis on sports- manship 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, with many of our Under-11s through to Under-17s competing with great success at the Lennox Enduro last month and again last weekend in the Queensland Enduro at Mermaid Beach.”
Club activities tomorrow will start at 9am.