Competition

2015-16 Wrap Up

Another successful season for Narooma Nippers! Even better for us because all of our boys are now able to participate, with Ty coming of age and signing up for the Under 6’s. No more following Mum around, he can legitimately wear the red, black and white cap!

An awesome season with most of the credit going to the increased number of helpers who came together each week, took on their role with smiles and enthusiasm, making it a fun morning for all.  As the seasons go by, it seems to be getting busier but at the same time, it is definitely getting easier; with more helpers, more people knowing what needs to be done, more people willing to get the qualifications to support our nipper program from getting their bronze medallion to training as an official.

The kids themselves deserve the rest of the credit as they are the ones turning up, trying their best, going in the water even when it’s cold, looking like a cinnamon donut doing flags after they’ve been for a swim. Taking on new challenges, pushing outside their comfort zones. Supporting one another, resisting the urge to throw sand. Getting up with a smile after they get dumped. Listening and learning even though it’s the weekend. Showing maturity by helping to pack up.

Our 10 week season was brought forward, commencing in the first week of November which gave us plenty of momentum, early. After the Christmas break we had a few interruptions to the ‘normal’ Sundays in Narooma with the competition calendar taking us up north to the Country Championships in the warm waters of South West Rocks to the chilly freshwater high above sea level in Jindabyne and finally a huge weekend on our own turf with a combined senior and junior carnival in Narooma.

Our registered Nipper numbers has grown significantly in years past and so this season our focus was to develop these children and improve their skills in the water. We were delighted with the progression of so many of the Nippers. An example of this is a child in one of the older age groups, who we were told had anxiety issues on Sunday mornings before Nippers as they were afraid to go in the surf. This same child was one of the furthest out, ducking and diving in the whitewash on the very last week. A fantastic result, thanks to the support of the age managers, the water safety team and the culture of the kids in that age group.

On a whole, our board skills were improved, with many of the kids attending the organised activities on both Fridays and Sundays. It was also not unusual to see our Nippers enjoying their free time after Nippers on Sundays on a board or in the surf whilst the flags were up. The increased confidence is reflected in the boosted entries in the water events at carnivals. The fact that two out of the three carnivals were in protected waters meant that even more of our kids were convinced to compete in the water events, exposing them to carnival conditions and giving them a taste of how much fun and rewarding it can be.

Our increased participation in the water events has also allowed us to get a little closer to Broulee in the pointscore. Points for water events is double that of sand events, and we followed this model when calculating our own age champions for the season, rewarding those children that have been challenging themselves, developing new skills in the water.

Preparing for board training on Friday afternoons was ten times easier thanks to the new trailer fabricated by Geoff Newton. Stainless steel so it won’t rust, mesh bottom and sides so water and sand can be rinsed out. A great design for the specific purpose of getting a bulk number of boards to and from the clubhouse to either Bar Beach or on the shoreline of Main Beach.

This season has also seen a record number of carnival placings and medals on the beach, thanks to the expert guidance from Jenni and Youngy in Flags and Karl and Katie on Sprints. We boast 7 of the 14  flags branch champions and 7 of the 14 sprint branch champions plus have taken home the All Age Relay shield for the second year in a row.

Drill Sergeant Gilly did an amazing job with the March Past, making it a fun new activity for all the kids and making them look somewhat organised when we attend carnivals.

Once again, Liane has taken on the barbeque job whole heartedly. A very conscientious member of the team, Liane organises meat, bread, salad and drinks each week, plus the cooking and cleaning up afterwards. We would not have survived without her contribution to our big Narooma carnival weekend, taking the change of venues and last minute logistics in her stride.

The Narooma carnival would have to be the Nippers highlight of the season, whereby everyone pitched in to lend and hand, showcasing our enormous club and community spirit. The big surf did not hinder the day, but demonstrated our ability to come together and support one another, kids and adults alike.

Leichelle has continued to keep us looking like a team with her merchandise, from our nippers to the beach helpers to our water safety in their orange hi-vis rashies. We appreciate the support of our sponsors; Ben Bate Real Estate, Narooma Ice Creamery, Narooma Fitness Centre and South Coast Doggie Do’s who enabled us to supply new sun safe shirts for our helpers on the beach.

Without naming all of our many, many, many helpers, we should also acknowledge Wayne Mullavey for putting in the time to train our SRC kids; as well as the girls, Leichelle and Fleur whose photos send out positive publicity to our wider community.

Lastly, we would also like to recognise the ‘Bronzies’ who we definitely could not do without. These members volunteer on Sunday mornings, at carnivals and Friday board training sessions and then back up to fulfil their patrol roster duty. This water safety crew is the strongest we have had in our 5 years since being involved in Narooma Nippers. They are a big part of why our kids feel safe and secure in the water, they are role models for all of us, not just the kids! Let’s hope they are inspiring enough to make the Under 14’s return next season to continue their involvement in surf lifesaving.

Leanne and Brendan Constable

RIPPER NIPPERS AND OUR AGE CHAMPIONS 2015-16

 

U6 RIPPER NIPPERS

  • REAGAN STUBBS

  • ASHER BYWATER

  • BOB NORMAN

  • BRODIE BYWATER

  • GEORGE VAN ZYL

  • JACOB SMITH

  • PETER LONGBOTTOM

  • ROREY KROFT

  • RYAN TAGUE

  • THOMAS HUDSON

  • TY CONSTABLE

 

U7 RIPPER NIPPERS

  • CLAIRE RAABE

  • LIBBY FOAT

  • LILY MAHONY

  • STELLA TOOVEY

  • AARON HICKS

  • ETHAN BROMWICH

  • JACK KLOSE

  • JACK WILSON

  • XAVIER RIDGLEY

 

U8 AGE CHAMPIONS

  • ROGUE CONSTABLE

  • DANIEL BETTS

 

U9 AGE CHAMPIONS

  • JADE WILSON

  • SAM PATMORE

 

U10 AGE CHAMPIONS

  • HALLE CONSTABLE

  • JORGE CONSTABLE

 

U11 AGE CHAMPIONS

  • SIENNA ANDERSON

  • JACK MCCAUGHTRIE

  • MATT DRISCOLL

 

U12 AGE CHAMPIONS

  • ELLI BEECHAM

  • AIDEN MILES

 

U13 AGE CHAMPIONS

  • MAKAYLA MORRIS

  • BRANDON FELEDYK

 

U14 AGE CHAMPIONS

  • MOLLY CARR

FAR SOUTH COAST BRANCH CHAMPIONS 2015-16

 

  • ROGUE CONSTABLE – U8 Female Wade, U8 Female Flags

  • DANIEL BETTS – U8 Male Sprint, U8 Male Flags

  • U8 Wade Relay Team; ROGUE CONSTABLE, BRAY CONSTABLE, KALEB MILES, HARMONY CANNON

                               

  • SAM PATMORE – U9 Male Surf, U9 Male Sprint, U9 Male Flags

  • JADE WILSON – U9 Female Board

  • MYSTERY BENNETT – U9 Female Sprint, U9 Female Flags

  • U9 Wade Relay Team; SAM PATMORE, TRAVIS STUBBS, HUDSON BROMWICH

  • U9 Sprint Relay Team; SAM PATMORE, MYSTERY BENNETT, SONNY DUDLEY, BELLA DAVIS, LIANA STEWART, JADE WILSON

                                      

  • U11 Beach Sprint Relay Team; KAILEY JORGENSEN, SIENNA ANDERSON, KYE KELLY, OSCAR CARR

                    

  • U11/12 Cameron Relay; AIDEN MILES, ANGUS PATMORE, ELLI BEECHAM, JACK DAVIS

                           

  • AIDEN MILES – U12 Male Surf, U12 Male Sprint

  • ELLI BEECHAM – U12 Female Sprint, U12 Female Flags

  • JACK DAVIS – U12 Male Flags

  • U12 Beach Sprint Relay Team; ELLI BEECHAM, EMILY HUDSON, HAYLEY STUBBS

                             

  • JACK BENNETT – U13 Male Sprint

  • MAKAYLA MORRIS – U13 Female Sprint, U13 Female Flags

  • U13 Beach Sprint Relay Team; MAKAYLA MORRIS, JACK BENNETT

 

  • Narooma - All Age Relay Shield second year in a row! DANIEL BETTS, MYSTERY BENNETT, NOAH SMITH, KYE KELLY, AIDEN MILES, MAKAYLA MORRIS, JACK BENNETT

NIPPER OF THE YEAR 2015-16

 

Elli Beecham - Under 12 Narooma Nipper

Elli is a model nipper. She is always willing to listen and learn when it comes to surf life saving and has been an excellent competitor. Elli always displays good sportsmanship and it is common to find Elli assisting our younger nippers.

 

Elli is to be congratulated for her hard work and conduct as a competitor and for her maturity assisting fellow club members.

Junior Results from NSW Surf Life Saving Country Championships South West Rocks

Elli Beecham​

Under 12 Female Beach Sprint - Bronze

Under 12 Female Beach Flags - 5th

 

Sam Patmore

Under 09 Male Beach Sprint - Gold 

Under 09 Male Beach Flags - 5th

New SLS Regulations: compulsory high visibility lycra vests for all competitors    
 

SLS legislation has been introduced whereby all competitors and handlers must wear a hi-vis pink singlet/vest in water events.

 

From Juniors to Seniors, from swimmers to boaties, board riders and even our water safety personnel, the new regulation makes it compulsory for all competition events. It is not compulsory for training but it makes sense to recommend our Nippers wear these singlets week to week on our own beach so that they are easily seen in the water. You can wear them over the top of rashies or wetsuits if you desire. In addition to this, club caps are the other compulsory clothing item to be worn by our nippers. 

Did You Know??

Your registration fee covers 3 Carnival entries per year. Entry to the Australian, State & Country Titles are the responsibility of the competitor. Competitors who made selection are covered by the club.

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