Ser­ena sprints ahead of pack

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SPORT - David Charlesworth

AT home in the sand and surf, Bin­ningup Surf Life Sav­ing Club mem­ber Ser­ena Nan­dapi was among the top young surf life­savers in Aus­tralia while com­pet­ing in Manly, NSW, last month.

As part of the West­ern Suns State Youth De­vel­op­ment Team, Ser­ena com­peted against life­savers from across Aus­tralia in two events – the Youth Path­way Cup on Jan­uary 26 and the Manly Open Car­ni­val on Jan­uary 27.

In the cup, WA com­peted against the other States fin­ish­ing third.

Ser­ena won the un­der 15 beach sprint in the cup, rac­ing 90m over the sand, fourth in the flags race and se­cond in the WA girls re­lay.

Ser­ena won the sprints at both selec­tion com­pe­ti­tions which landed her a spot on the team.

Ser­ena trains at Bin­ningup Beach most days in a range of dis­ci­plines.

“Board ses­sions, swim train­ing, iron man, sprint­ing, flags, it’s all when­ever we can fit it in pretty much,” she said.

In ad­di­tion to com­pet­ing, Ser­ena reg­u­larly pa­trols the beach, go­ing for her bronze medal­lion this year and holds a Surf Life Sav­ing cer­tifi­cate.

“I go on pa­trols as well and help out at the nip­pers, which is all the ju­niors on the Sun­day,” she said.

“It’s 16 pa­trol hours to be able to com­pete up in Perth.”

Among those se­lected, Ser­ena was one of the few from re­gional WA with most com­ing from metropoli­tan clubs, hav­ing been se­lected af­ter com­pet­ing in the se­ries in Perth.

“I was pretty much one of the only ones from a coun­try club,” she said.

“There was me and some Se­cret Har­bour peo­ple, and the rest were all city clubs.”

“It’s big for the club as well, for the last three years we’ve had some­one se­lected in the team.”

Pic­ture: David Charlesworth

Bin­ningup Surf Life Sav­ing Club mem­ber Ser­ena Nan­dapi, 15, is back train­ing at her beach af­ter rep­re­sent­ing WA in Manly, NSW, last month.

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