The 2017 Junior State Life Saving Championships were held last weekend at Semaphore. Port Elliot competitors matched it with the best in the state. Day 1 of the competition was the individual events and Sunday, known as Fun Day, was the team relay events.
On Saturday, Under 10 Harry Pearce won a gold medal in the flags event and a silver medal in the beach sprint. Harry Comerford made it second and third place for Port Elliot in the beach sprint, picking up a bronze medal behind Harry Pearce’s silver medal.
Under 10 female competitor Jade Manuel scored herself a bronze medal in the flag event. Under 10 Zara Trim, the youngest of the three Trim children, finished fifth in the Surf Race with sister Daisy just missed out on a medal to finish fourth in the Under 11 boards and fifth in the Iron Person event. Under 13 brother Billy made the finals of Iron Person finishing seventh in the state, boards, sprints and flags.
Under 11 Max Fancsali was sensational claiming a silver in the Beach Sprint. Under 11 Taya Forbes finished fourth in the flags. Under 9 Kayte O’Donnell made it into the finals of the sprints and Anais Foot made the Surf Swim final.
After receiving an individual and team medal at the SAPSASA State Country Swim Carnival held at the Marion Aquatic Club on Friday, March 17,under 12 Port Elliot competitor Skye Jucius blew the Beach Sprint field away by claiming gold. Skye is a remarkable all round State Swim and now State Beach sprint champion.
Under 12 Zach Palmer claimed a Silver medal in a photo finish of the beach sprint and Matilda Angel was sixth in the board section. Ruby Cunningham finished sixth in the Beach Sprint. Saturday finished with the naming of each clubs Under 13 Nipper of the Year. Congratulations to Georgina Tenny and Billy Trim for being named Port Elliot’s female and male Nipper of the Year. They have been invited to attend an SA Lifesaving dinner later this year.
Sunday Funday saw the under 10s and under 11s really shine. The Under 10 Beach relay team finished sixth in the final and was Chloe Colman, Harry Comerford, Reed Fancsali and Harry Pearce. The two Harry’s joined Jade Manuel and Lucas Nunn to finish fifth in the Wade Relay.
Under 11 also made the Beach Sprint relay finishing fifth. The team comprised Georgia DeMichele, Max Fanscali, Rory Hudson and Jake Megaw. The Under 11’s also made the Surf Swim final finishing fifth with Amelie Foot, Brooke Kidman, Emily Laurie and Daisy Trim. Fourth Place to Ruby Cunningham, Georgia Hill, Skye Jucius and Zach Palmer in a very exciting Under 12 Beach Sprint relay.
Under 9’s Anais Foot, Elijah Jucius and Keat Hendriks finished 12th in the State for the Swim team event, with the Wade team also making the finals finishing 16th. Billy Trim, Zoey Nunn and Ryan Smart were very competitive in the Board Relay final of the Under 13’s final.
The day closed with the traditional whole team forming a large circle ready to sing the club song. Many onlookers stayed to witness this very unique event, comprising Age Managers and competitors. A fun way to celebrate another great season where 260 2016/2017 Port Elliot Nippers learnt many great skills, culminating in the 57 strong Under 9’s to Under 13’s matching it with the best from all over the state.