The Wave Warriors Junior Challenge held at Mullaloo Surf Life Saving Club.

The Wave Warriors Junior Challenge held at Mullaloo Surf Life Saving Club.

THE Wave Warriors Junior Challenge will kick off at Mullaloo Surf Life Saving Club from 8am this Saturday.

This will be the first of the seven-event national series, which recently won best sporting event in WA and Queensland in the 2014 Australian Event Awards.

Open for competitors aged under-9 to under-15, the challenge is set up to mirror the ironman series.

It will include individual events such as beach sprints and flags, surf and board races and iron person and team events such as surf teams, board and warrior relays and a 2km all-age beach relay.

About 300 athletes from various metropolitan and regional clubs are expected at Mullaloo Beach for the challenge, along with ironmen Zane Holmes and Tanyn Lyndon and ironwoman Tara Coleman.

This year’s event will include two competition arenas and an active zone with games like tug-of-war, totem tennis and dancing competitions.

‘This event is a great way for juniors to challenge themselves either competitively, through the racing format, or non-competitively in the new active zone,’ Mullaloo surf sports general manager Sandy Clarke said.

‘It embodies the ideals of surf life saving ” of inspiring kids to be healthy, active and cultivating a can-do attitude.’

Now in its fifth year, Holmes created the challenge to encourage young athletes to continue their participation in the sport and to become future volunteer lifesavers.