Grove nippers medal haul at state titles

Nippers run out of the blocks: The Victorian Junior Lifesaving Championships were held in Warrnamabool last weekend with nearly 2000 state Nippers taking part. 151513. Picture: STEPHANIE ASHER OCEAN GROVE SLSC

Compiled by Stephanie Asher

THE future elite stars of the Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club were on show at last weekend’s Victorian Junior Lifesaving Championships in Warrnambool.
The two-day event held on 12-13 March in Victoria’s south west played host to nearly 2000 junior competitors across the state, including 90 star nippers from the Ocean Grove SLSC.
Like the previous nipper carnivals held this season, supportive Ocean Grove SLSC nipper families undertook a two-hour plus car journey from the Bellarine Peninsula to Warrnambool across the Labour Day long weekend.
THERE were some great performances across all age groups for Ocean Grove SLSC nippers.
Results include, gold in the Under 9 girls and boys Wade Relay Teams, silver in the Under 10 boys Wade Relay Team, and bronze in the Under 10 Board Relay.
The region’s local nippers claimed silver in the Under 11 girls board relay and Aqua Cameron, gold in Under 12 boys Aqua Cameron and Surf Team, gold in the Under 13 boys Surf Team, and silver in the Under 13 girls Board Rescue and Aqua Cameron.
There were many more medals at the individual events on the Saturday competition on 12 March.
Weather was kind in parts, however constant light drizzle affected the opening day of competition.
Surf picked up a little later on the morning of Sunday 13 March for the team events in the water.