South West Rocks' nippers contest Scotts Head surf carnival

FUN IN THE SUN: Nippers from the South West Rocks Surf Life Saving Club enjoy the atmosphere at last weekend's carnival at Scotts Head Macksville. The club finished third on the overall points table.

FUN IN THE SUN: Nippers from the South West Rocks Surf Life Saving Club enjoy the atmosphere at last weekend's carnival at Scotts Head Macksville. The club finished third on the overall points table.

Hundreds of nippers from the Mid North Coast’s eight clubs converged on Scotts Head Macksville last weekend for the regional branch carnival.

30 athletes from the South West Rocks Surf Life Saving Club took part in the two-day event, with those 14 years and over competing on the Saturday and the grommets taking up the challenge on Sunday. The team performed admirably in a competition which included several large clubs, finishing 3rd on the overall points table.

Club secretary Brienna Elford said the South West Rocks’ contingent featured many first-time participants.

“There was a lot of new faces, who had never been to a surf carnival which was great to see,” she told the Argus.

“They all competed well both in the water and on the sand.”

The highlights for the South West Rocks’ club were the team events, in which they punched well above their weight.

“There was a great camaraderie and club spirit,” Mrs Elford said.

The club would like to wish its masters’ surf boat crew the very best of luck in their upcoming tilt at the North Coast Boat Series. Captained by Paul Owens, the crew currently sits in first place heading into rounds four and five to be held at Hawks Nest this weekend.

The next nippers’ carnival is the branch championships at Wauchope Bonnie Hills towards the end of January.