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THE annual Inverloch and Ve-
nus Bay Nipper Carnival is held
every year for the Bill and Gwen
Bowers Perpetual Shield and the
competition was hot in more ways
than one on Saturday.
This year Inverloch SLSC host-
ed the carnival and commenced
with an early start to avoid the 40
degrees and windy conditions that
were predicted for later in the day.
Venus Bay brought 70 Nippers
together with a contingent of wa-
ter safety members, Age Manag-
ers and families to experience the
thrill of competition.
Perfect water and beach condi-
tions welcomed the Nippers with
plenty of sunscreen and zinc being
Under 7s to Under 14s com-
peted in various events including
Beach Sprints, Flags, Wading,
Swims and Board races.
Points were awarded for par-
ticipation and achievement. When
the points were tallied Inverloch
had amassed 855 points and were
awarded the shield for the coming
nator, Peter Creswell said “we
were pleased that the day ran so
smoothly and this was made pos-
sible by the exceptional volunteer
water safety members who ran
events on the day and have en-
couraged the Nippers and been
great role models during the pro-
The boat crews overseeing the
water competitors and Beach Co-
ordinators, Rachel Fraser (Club
Captain) and Jordy Tomas have
made the competition a resound-
ing success. Many of our Nippers
are now keen to compete in fur-
ther State Nipper Carnival days
where they can test their skills
against other clubs and experi-
ence a variety of water conditions.
ON SUNDAY, First Surf Beach was covered
in hundreds of Cape Paterson Surf Lifesaving
Club nippers in their hi-vis pink singlets and
conspicuous red and green caps.
From the under 6s to the under 13s, the Club
has achieved an historic membership mile-
stone with more than 200 nippers enrolled in
its summer program.
At the Nipper Championships today, parents
skirted each group, passed equipment, herded
children and did anything needed to keep the
fully volunteer-run club thriving.
At the under 6s former nipper and quali-
fied lifesaver Eliza De Vere Gould stood on the
sideline while her daughter – and nipper - Jo -
sephine De Vere Gould finished a relay under
the watchful eye of the under 6s age manager,
“I know Josephine is in good hands because
when I was an age manager, I showed Jessica
the ropes, I’ve seen her come up the ranks to
get her Bronze Medallion,” Ms Gould said.
“It’s amazing to watch my daughter do nip-
pers like I did growing up, really loving it and
learning so many important surf safety skills.
“We have lifelong friendships here, it feels like
we are all part of a family – sometimes we don’t
see each other all year but it’s still the same
after all this time.”
Club president Dean Manns said there were
many stories of older family members passing
the torch to the younger ones, leading to where
the Club is now.
“It is an enormous achievement to reach 200
nippers and it would not happen were it not for
the hard work of our volunteers,” Mr Manns said.
“Most of our water safety patrol crew is made
up of younger lifesavers giving up their time,
they have fun doing it but ultimately it’s to keep
all beachgoers safe.
“The Club is focused on providing opportunities
for all family members to get involved, for instance
through the Adult Bronze Camp or nippers.”
The nippers season ends on January 20 con-
cluding with the Cape Aquathon competition
the following day.
For more information on membership or on
the Club in general @CPSLSC on Facebook or
The Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving club
at First Surf Beach, Cape Paterson was es-
tablished in 1960. Every year in late Decem-
ber the club runs its annual Nippers training
program for children aged between five (as at
30/09/2017) and 13 to help them develop surf
awareness and surf education.
Some of the younger participants in the Cape Paterson SLSC’s Nippers program get a first-
hand look at one of the club’s inflatable rescue boats.
A Sea of Pink at Cape Paterson Beach
Nippers in friendly competition at Inverloch
This year the Cape Paterson Surf Lifesaving Club put a record 200 kids through their Nippers program this year, a great effort by all the volunteers involved, and the kids of course.
And they’re off. Young surf lifesavers from Inverloch and Venus Bay compete in
the friendly training games between the two clubs last Saturday.
The Under 13 Boys Flags race at Inverloch last Saturday
was a great contest between Tate Cummings (first) and Tom
Erica Kitney leaves the water at Inverloch after the swim
leg of the Under 13 Junior Ironman event at the weekend.
It’s thumbs up after a day of competition at Inverloch last
Saturday for members of the Venus Bay and Inverloch SLSC
including Lauren Kenneally, Jessica Moore, Emma Chambers-
Smith, Ella Rowe who competed in the Under 12 board event.
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