Nippers hit the sand
THEY might be some of Central Queensland's smallest surf lifesavers but they got a taste of some big conditions on Sunday.
More than 150 nippers from the Yeppoon, Emu Park and Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving clubs turned out for the final three-point junior carnival at Yeppoon's Main Beach.
They were greeted with a testing shore break and torrential rain, but that didn't stop the young ones diving into the water to compete.
There were no official winners from the carnival, which took in competitors from under-8s to under-14s.
However, all could hold their heads up high for bracing the rough seas.
"It's not about the results. It has more of a focus on participation and getting in and having a go," Yeppoon Surf Life Saving Club's junior activities co-ordinator Steve Paskin said.
"It also gives those kids who are competitive the chance to prepare for the upcoming carnivals," he said.
In the weekend's carnival nippers tested both water and beach skills.
"The water program saw under-8s compete in the wade race, under-10s in the wade, surf, board and relay races and under-11s to under-14s compete in the board, surf, iron man and team events," Paskin said.
"There were both individual and team events involved within the beach and water programs," he said.
The weekend's rainfall had little effect on the events, with all races going ahead as scheduled.
"It was a wet day but we managed to finish the program despite wet weather," Paskin said.
"Some kids had to compete in torrential rain, but that just comes with the nature of the sport."
The junior carnival wrapped up about one o'clock on Sunday afternoon.
"Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves," Paskin said.
The local nippers will continue training this weekend for the upcoming Wide Bay-Capricornia Junior Branch Championships.
The two-day carnival will begin February 10 at Moore Park just outside Bundaberg.
Female: U14 - Ellen Little, U13 - Alanna Dunhovic, U12 - Matilda Phelan, U11 - Olivia Jenner, U10 - Caitlin Goufie, U9 - Jade Hooper, U8 - Will Morrison
Male: U14 - Bailey Louis, U13 - Lucas Jenner, U12 - Nathan Mitchell, U11 -Ethan Murphy, U10 - Colby Louis, U9 - Eddie Miles, U8 - Brendan Clarke