STRIDING OUT: Yeppoon's Cooper Jones races into action during the opening round of the three-point carnival.
STRIDING OUT: Yeppoon's Cooper Jones races into action during the opening round of the three-point carnival. Allan Reinikka ROK051116anippers

New wave of nippers rolls in

SURF LIFE SAVING: The future of surf life saving in Central Queensland is in good shape with a new wave of young nippers taking to the surf and sand.

A number of the enthusiastic young guns had their first competitive hit-out in the opening round of the three-point carnival held at Yeppoon at the weekend.

Yeppoon Surf Life Saving Club had 33 entrants, Emu Park 36 and Tannum Sands 64.

YSLSC junior activities co-ordinator Sam Milfull said there were some impressive performances on the day, with Tannum the overall winners.

"Yeppoon was second overall which is great considering that for 18 of our 33 competitors this was their first carnival,” he said.

"Our older age groups continue to train hard and they performed to our, and their own, expectations, with the Yeppoon under-14s and 15s dominant in the majority of the events in these age groups.

"Many of the nippers in the under-13 to under-15 age groups who will represent Queensland Country were at the carnival and they performed admirably.”

Some of the standout performances in the younger age groups came from Yeppoon's Cooper Jones (U8) and Paige Jones (U10), Emu Park's Maggie Tapp (U11) and Tannum's Mia Bell and Ben Dollery (U12).

"While these nippers won many ribbons, there were countless other competitors who had a great time competing, many of them new to the sport,” Milfull said.

"Not everyone can take home a ribbon, but all competitors should be recognised for their efforts and enthusiasm. These carnivals are an enjoyable introduction to surf life saving for families.”

Round 2 of the carnival is at Tannum Sands on November 20.



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