Nippers end season in style
COFFS Harbour Junior Surf Club completed an extremely successful representative season when a contingent of 12 nippers returned from the State ttles, held recently at Cronulla with one medal and a swag of final appearances.
Zoe Burgess performed exceptionally in her first crack at State when she brought home the silver medal in the under 9 girls board.
Zoe followed this up with a final appearance in the swim as well.
The youngest member of the team, Maddy Carah, was unluckily knocked out in the semi final of the under 8's wade, with girls that she had beaten in the early rounds going on to fight out the medals.
Jessi Carah flew the flag for the under 10's with a place in the final of the swim, along with a quarter final performance in the board.
In U11s Jessi Reeves had a busy weekend to reach the final of the swim and the board and was unfortunate to bow out of the ironperson in the semi, missing the final by one place.
Tyler Partland also made the final of the swim, along with a place in the final of the ironperson.
Tyler also joined forces with Kyle Beavis to make the quarter final of the board rescue where they were unfortunately disqualified after finishing second.
Despite being stricken by a bad dose of the flu Kyle also managed to make it through to the semi of the board.
He then showed his determination by teaming up with Jessi, Tyler and Lewis Bear to survive a gruelling series of heats and make the final in the Junior Cameron relay.
Emma Burgess performed well all weekend to record two semi final appearances in the under 12 girls board and board rescue.
Chandla made the final of the girls board and the under 12 ironperson.
In their final year as nippers Mitch Reeves, Daley Bear and Alex Barnes performed admirably over the weekend with the highlights being a semi final berth for Mitch in the under 14 board, while Alex made the final of the board and the semi final of the ironperson.
Alex and Daley's State titles experience was further enhanced by their appearance as finalists in the NSW Junior Surf Life Saver of the Year.
The title of junior surf life saver of the year recognises not only the competitive performances of the nipper, but also the understanding and adherence to the values of the Surf Life Saving movement.
Following the outstanding achievements by all 12 Coffs representatives focus now returns to the local Club scene where the season is quickly drawing to a close.
One more regular Sunday competition morning remains, with the end of season presentation day set down for Sunday, March 22.