Beach sprinters at Byron Bay junior surf lifesaving carnival warm-up for local championships.
Beach sprinters at Byron Bay junior surf lifesaving carnival warm-up for local championships. Jay Cronan

Youth titles postponed


The Far North Coast (FNC) Branch Youth Championships (Nippers) scheduled for this weekend at Yamba have been postponed.

The postponement has been caused by the heavy and consistent rain in the Clarence River area over the past weeks, with more rain expected.

In the interest of safety for the junior competitors it was decided by the Yamba SLSC safety committee, in consultation with the FNC Branch, to postpone the championships because of the unfavourable conditions being experienced at the mouth of the Clarence River.

The flood rain run-off has made the conditions unsafe for competition. A decision has been made to re-schedule the Championships for Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, 26 February at Turners Beach Yamba where hopes are held for better weather conditions.


The FNCoast Branch Masters and Senior Championships will be held at Turners Beach Yamba on Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19 with the first event the 2km Beach Run at 8.30am.

Marshalling for the Beach Run will close at 8.15am for an 8.30 start.

All other Championship events will be commence at 8.30am. One exception will be the Branch Boat Championships which will be held on Saturday, February 18 commencing at 2pm.

The boat Championships are being held on the Saturday prior to the Senior Championships because of the state of the main beach where rocks are appearing on the beach making it unsafe for boat competition.


A new innovation to surf life saving competition calendar next season will be the Pool Rescue Championships. Since Surf Life Saving Australia has been competing at the World Life Saving Championships the pool rescue events have become very popular in surf life saving competition.

Surf life saving branches are now including on their competition program for the year this type of competition.

Branch clubs Cudgen, Byron Bay and Lennox Head have been competing very successfully in this type of competition at various venues in NSW and Queensland so far this season.

The three branch clubs are in the top 10 in pool competition results in New South Wales.

The inaugural Far North Coast Branch Pool Championships competition will be held at the Southern Cross University Pool Complex on Sunday, May 13.


Ballina Publicity Officer Stephen Perris reports that the next Nippers Day will be held tomorrow at 9am.

The Ballina club also congratulates all its members who competed at the recent Country Championships at South West Rocks. Performances, team spirit and commitment were outstanding.

Good luck at the FNC Branch Championships at Yamba.


Very poor beach and river conditions both over the weekend and during the week make it not recommended for swimming.

Ballina Patrol Roster for the weekend: Today: 9.00am-1.00pm Patrol No8, 1.00pm-5.00pm Patrol No10; Tomorrow: 9.00am-1.00pm Patrol No9, 1.00pm-5.00pm Patrol No7.

Pool Rescue Competition: Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore SLSC will begin training for the FNC Branch Pool Rescue Championships at the Ballina Fair Indoor Swim and Gym on Monday, February 6 - all members interested are invited to attend this training session.

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