Trigg: Nippers fight for spot at WA Surf Life Saving Championships

Trigg Island SLSC nippers Photo: Tony Bowers
Trigg Island SLSC nippers Photo: Tony Bowers

MORE than 850 nippers from 14 clubs took the sand and sea in Trigg on the weekend.

Children aged from nine to 12 competed in the WA Nipper Metro Qualifiers at Trigg Beach in the hope of securing a spot in the WA Surf Life Saving Championships.

Nippers from Yanchep, Alkimos, Quinns-Mindarie, Mullalloo, Sorrento, Trigg Island, Scarboro, Floreat, City of Perth, Swanbourne-Nedlands, North Cottesloe, Cottesloe, Fremantle and Coogee Beach surf lifesaving clubs took part in events including beach sprints and flags, ironman and ironwoman, and paddleboard.

Surf Life Saving WA senior development officer David Somers said it was a great demonstration of friendly competition.

“These young athletes are our future lifesavers, and the participation in surf sports is an important part of developing the necessary skills and surf awareness to help them grow into competent and capable surf lifesavers,” he said.

“They get out on the beach and they compete hard, but they also have fun and enjoy great sportsmanship and camaraderie with fellow club mates and competitors.”

The championships run across two weekends at Scarborough Beach, with the senior athletes competing from March 9 to 10 and nippers hitting the beach from March 15 to 17.