On Sunday in perfect conditions at the Somerton Park Lifesaving Club, the first Junior Lifesaving Carnival of the 2016/17 season took place. Nearly 40 Nippers from the Port Eliot Life Saving club participated with great success. This is on top of the over 150 Nippers that also participate on Saturday afternoons at Horseshoe Bay from 1.30pm to 3.00pm every Saturday.

The Under 9’s, participating in their first ever carnival, were amazing in the Wade event being their most successful event. Kayte O’Donnell placed in the Wade and Sprint Events. The Under 10’s proved to be very strong competitors with Port Elliot fielding competitors in finals of every event. The team spirit and skills they showed in boarding was outstanding. Brooke Kidman, Daisy Trim and Amelie Foote all swam very fast to place in the Under 11 Swim Final. Port Elliot Under 11’s dominated the sprint track with 10 of the 12 runners making finals and also dominated the boards with 8 top 10 finishes. The Under 12‘s Skye Jucius finished 2nd in the girls sprint final, 7th in the swim and 7th in the Board Semi Final. Zach Palmer also made the sprint final finishing 4th. Alexandra Fuller had a 5th placing in the board semi after two powerful paddling events and backed this up with 8th place in the Iron Person event with Charlotte Illman 9th. Billy Trim again starred in the Under 13’s with a 3rd placing in the Iron person event 5th in the sprint final and 2ndin the Board final. Hannah & Zoe (don’t know their last names) also finished a respectable 8th and 9th in the Iron Person event. Hannah also finished 5th in the sprint final.

Thank you to the amazing parents who supported all coaches and competitors on the day. Again it added to the success of carnival. We can’t wait now to host the second carnival on Sunday 18th December at Horseshoe Bay.

As junior manager I am delighted to see how strong our competition group is growing. The skills learnt during training by these junior members is developing them into young, strong, experienced and educated future Surf lifesavers.

We are fortunate as a club we provide options for all of our junior members to choose what suits them best to learn skills to become safe at the beach and for some who choose to make Surf lifesaving more of a lifestyle and partake in our Surfsports program. The direction of our change in culture over the past few years is creating a change in the senior ranks and flowing through into our competition areas in swimming, boards, ski’s and beach events. Making Port Elliot a new force at all levels of competition in SA.

Retention is key and we endeavour to provide an opportunity for all to be involved and further develop competing skills of those who wish to represent Port Elliot and our famous Flying Fish.