Nippers return from state titles for break
AFTER a gruelling but successful three day state championship carnival, seven Port Douglas Nippers have earned themselves a well-deserved break.
The youngsters earned a place in the prestigious junior lifesaving competition, held between March 9 and 11 at the Maroochydore Life saving club, competing alongside 40 other FNQ team members.
Local kids, Mia Devine-cameron and Mitchell Knight (Under-11s) Harry Goodman (Under-12s), Allison Munro, Eliza Marhkam, Simon Kramer and Finn Devine-cameron (Under-13s), represented the five North Queensland clubs in this year’s blue-ribbon Sunshine Coast event.
More than 1500 junior lifesavers competed, with the best talent from all around the state competing head to head in over 80 events including Ironman/woman, beach flags, beach relay, beach sprints, surf teams and surf boards.
“We had great weather, and all our kids performed really well especially as they haven’t been in the surf or competed for five months,” Port Douglas Nippers president and FNQ team manager Brian Markham said.
“We are at a disadvantage to the southern clubs as they are in the midst of their season, ours runs from May to October. It’s hard for the kids to develop when they aren’t in competition, as that’s when they improve the most.
“Despite that, the kids did tremendously and we’re really proud of their dedication and determination. We’ve been training in local fresh water creeks and swimming pools to compensate for not being able to use the surf.”
The club will now break until May when the 2012 season starts, culminating in the Mackay North Australian championships held at the end of October.
“Our first major carnival will be held in July at Mission Beach, so we’ll be straight into training hard for that,” Brian said.
“For now, the kids can have a hard-earned break. We took them to Dreamworld after the State Championships as a reward, it allowed them to play without restriction - do their own thing, be free and have fun.”
The club will welcome new members with a sign-on day to be held on Sunday April 29th before the new season.