Junior competitors put lifesaving skills to the test

Nippers from the Wye River and Apollo Bay surf lifesaving clubs faced off in events like beach flags at their annual joint junior lifesaving carnival at the weekend.

Little lifesavers from two clubs faced big waves and friendly competition at their annual junior carnival.

Wye River Surf Lifesaving Club nippers joined junior lifesavers at Apollo Bay on Saturday, and co-ordinators from both lifesaving clubs said the carnival was a “big success”.

About 300 nippers demonstrated the skills they had practised this summer in events like beach flags, beach sprints, surf swimming races, board relays, and an iron-nipper event.

Apollo Bay junior co-ordinator Thom Cookes said more than 180 Apollo Bay nippers participated in the carnival, which had bigger surf conditions than usual.

“There were some tiny kids who did really well in the surf,” he said.

“We had some under-eights there, and we had a fairly big beach break which would have been triple head-height for them – they all got smashed on the way in, but they kept going and we were really impressed.”

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