SHOALHAVEN Heads Surf Lifesaving club seniors and junior nippers travelled to Kiama on February 1 and 2 for the South Coast Branch Championships.
Nine club seniors and 17 juniors competed, with medals for Angus, Jim, Maria, Darren, Dave and Clyde in the seniors, and gold for Jorga in surf race, silver for the march past team and bronze for u8s wade team in the nippers.
This has been THE CLUB’S largest group of competitors, especially at senior level for eight years and reflects the willingness of members to rise to new challenges and share the experiences.
Clyde, Karl and Angus are now in training for the Allphones State Championships at Umina beach in March.
To top off the club’s successes in competition, Annika Janos was named junior lifesaver of the year for South Coast branch.
This is the major award for a SLSA nipper.
She was selected from candidates from the nine South Coast branch clubs and the award reflects her enthusiasm and commitment to her club and in helping younger nippers build confidence in water skills.
Janos has also showed her dedication to the club through her work in the club canteen, and on patrol as a surf rescue certificate member.
Janos said she hopes to initiate a program where u12 and u13 nippers would spend time with the surf patrol to help them experience what being a lifesaver is all about and encourage them to continue with the club as a cadet when they have finished nippers.
Janos will now participate in a statewide leadership camp at Colloroy with other winners from the other NSW branches of SLSNSW.
From this group the state young lifesaver of the year is chosen.
While the club’s junior numbers have increased significantly in recent seasons, it continues to need senior patrolling members.
If you are aged 15 and over and are interested in training for the bronze medallion, or 14 and over and looking to train for the surf rescue certificate then the club will be running a course soon, ready for next season.
The club is particularly interested in hearing from adults who live in the locality as it loses many student members when they leave the area to study or travel.
Expressions of interest to