Narooma Surf Club Nippers joined seven other Far South Coast surf life saving clubs, including Jindabyne’s Yabbies, at Bermagui Beach for the first carnival of the season.
For Under 8 Nippers, it was their first carnival experience and they are to be congratulated for their efforts and participation.
Under an ominous grey sky with showers, humidity and the threat of more showers and thunderstorms, all who participated did so with enthusiasm, dignity and good sportsmanship.
This carnival was different in format to the previous carnivals, with several new events added, to appeal to and encourage a wide group of participants to give things “a go” including a 1-kilometre run first up and an all age relay swim and a “Fast and Furious” swim sprint from the buoys to the beach for some prizes including movie passes.
Narooma Nippers once again showed what they are made of, working well as team, supported by an army of age manager and parents who helped keep the group focussed and together.
Officials for the day all acknowledged that parents and age managers were crucial in helping keep momentum and a huge vote of thanks is given to them for their support.
Narooma also provided three officials to help facilitate the carnival.
Several members will be back on the beach at Stockton near Newcastle next weekend, in a combined Far South Coast team at the Interbranch Championships.
We wish them every success and if this carnival is anything to go by, Narooma and indeed the Far South Coast are in good form for the upcoming championships.
We look forward to the next round of carnivals early next year, in February.