Nip­pers sign on

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

IF YOU want to get in­volved in a sport that will keep you fit and on top of your game and en­able you to help oth­ers then get along to the Nip­pers sign-on this Sun­day at the Port Dou­glas Surf Life­sav­ing Club.

Ju­nior ac­tiv­i­ties chair­man Brian Markham said it doesn’t mat­ter whether you are five or 105 years old, you are wel­come to come along and sign-up.

“Last year we had 120 peo­ple sign on which was just fab­u­lous,” Mr Markham said.

“We would love it if we can get that num­ber again sign­ing up on Sun­day.”

He said join­ing Nip­pers was a great way for kids to make new friends.

“And they are in­volved in a team ac­tiv­ity which helps them to rely on one an­other and most im­por­tantly to sup­port each other,” he said.

“And if they can get mum and dad in­volved, so much the bet­ter.

“But for the kids they get to learn first aid, res­cues, ride a board, run in the sand and of course in­crease their swim­ming skills.”

For par­ents who can help out, there are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to use their ex­ist­ing skills or learn some new ones through a num­ber of struc­tured cour­ses the club of­fers.

Be­fore any new Nip­pers are in­ducted into the club they must meet cer­tain safety cri­te­ria and be able to swim and show a level of fit­ness.

“As well as train­ing with the club, the bud­ding Nip­pers also need to train at a swim­ming pool so as they can do laps and build up their phys­i­cal and aer­o­bic strength,” Markham said.

“The ad­van­tage of the pool is that it also pro­vides a safe en­vi­ron­ment while train­ing.”

Un­like most other clubs in Queens­land, the Port Dou­glas club trains through­out the win­ter from June un­til the end of Oc­to­ber to avoid the stinger sea­son.

The Nip­pers sign-on is on Sun­day, from 10am un­til noon, at the Port Dou­glas Life­sav­ing Club on the Es­planade.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Ready to go: Finn Devine-cameron, Mitchell Knight, Con­nor Mcneil, So­phie Knight, Mia Devine-cameron and Eliza Markham

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