Scott McCartney with nippers from Bellinger Valley North Beach SLSC.
Scott McCartney with nippers from Bellinger Valley North Beach SLSC. Submitted

Nippers inspired by world champ

IT’S not often kids get to train alongside a world champion, but that’s exactly what happened to Bellinger Valley North Beach nippers last week.

The young surf lifesavers were treated to a board training session with world champion board paddler Scott McCartney.

McCartney has won a number of competitions on the local circuit over the years and is committed to the surf live saving community through the work that he does with the kids and supervising patrolled beaches over the summer months.

The nippers had a fantastic time learning some tips from the local champion and McCartney revealed after the session he was impressed with the level of talent the kids possessed.

“Opportunities like this are fantastic for the nippers, it really inspires them to keep training and competing,” club captain Bree Rooney said.

“We are grateful to Scott for giving up his time to come down and inspire our kids.”

McCartney will be holding another training session for the juniors in Easter where he’s promised he will give away to the most improved nipper a singlet signed by some of the Ironmen.



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