Port Elliot Surf Lifesaving Club let their Nippers loose

CHUFFED: Port Elliot Surf Lifesaving Club's under 13 Judd O'Donnell in good spirits after his board race on the weekend at Port Noarlunga. Judd finished third in the swim.

CHUFFED: Port Elliot Surf Lifesaving Club's under 13 Judd O'Donnell in good spirits after his board race on the weekend at Port Noarlunga. Judd finished third in the swim.

Nippers from all around the state at Port Noarlunga on Sunday for the first Nippers Carnival of the 2017/18 season.

LIFE SAVERS OF THE FUTURE: Port Elliot Surf Lifesaving Club's under 9 group at their first carnival with coach Tara Irvin.

LIFE SAVERS OF THE FUTURE: Port Elliot Surf Lifesaving Club's under 9 group at their first carnival with coach Tara Irvin.

Joint Port Elliot Nippers co-ordinator Ben Jucius said it was the best run carnival yet.

“The focus was fun and participation and we achieved both, plus a bunch of finalists too”.

Tayla and Ella were welcomed into the Under 10’s for their first competition. Special mention goes to Keat, Manny and Elijah who competed in all events in this age group. 

Liza Trim, coach of the Under 11’s, was very excited to see Lilly, Evie and Chloe all finish in the top 12 for flags – a great effort especially for Evie finishing 11th in her first carnival, with Chloe finishing 3rd.

Harry P followed up his successful last season with a first in flags and Reed a strong 15th out of 60 starters.

Zara Trim had a spectacular carnival, winning her boards event, 4th in Iron person, 5th in swim. Henry finished 3rd in boards.      

Cass Cooper was one of the Under 12 coaches and she reported that Georgia De Michelle finished 7th in the Sprint girls final and Max Vanscali finished 4th in the boys Sprint final.

In the Board Amelie Foot finished 2nd and Daisy Trim first. 

Twelve Nippers represented the Under 13’s. Skye Jucius continued last season’s terrific form finishing on top of the podium in her sprint event. 

Zach Palmer finished 5th in the male sprint final. Zach also made it to equal 8th in the flags alongside Max Brown and Hugh Watson.

All three made it to the 5th round of this demanding event. Matilda Angel swam incredibly well in the swim heat to make the finals and finished 8th in the Iron Person event.

Judd O’Donnell finished 3rd in a relegated swim  final.

An amazing 4th outright to the consistent Alex Fuller in the board final entrenched her status as one of the strongest Port Elliot paddlers. 

Madison Cannell smashed the field to win the relegated Board final by a good margin. Oliver Angel  finished a strong 2nd in a relegated final of the Male Board Paddle.

In the under 9’s there were 11 competitors representing Port Elliot and competing for their first ever time at  a carnival.

First up was the Wade and highlights were from Reese McFarland, Keely Hutchinson and Bailey DeLuca.

The swim had six competitors Sebastian Thompson, Bailey DeLuca, Keeley Irvin, Ava Turley, Lucy Colman and Keely Hutchinson all putting in a strong effort.

In the boards Zoe Palmer and Amelie DeMichele showed potential and in the Sprints, again all were represented and Zoe Palmer followed family tradition and placed 5th in the final out of approximately 60.

Ava and Shyla finished as semi finalists. The next carnival is on December 17.