Lifesaving compo returns

2018-11-29 06:01
PHOTOS: SUPPLIEDAspiring lifesavers competing in last year’s Nipper Champs competition.

PHOTOS: SUPPLIEDAspiring lifesavers competing in last year’s Nipper Champs competition.

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The second KZN South inter-schools Nipper Champs takes place at Scottburgh beach on December 8.

The Nipper Champs was the brainchild of Llewellyn Veldtman from Warnadoone Lifesaving Club. With the help of local clubs in Scottburgh, he pulled off a successful event last year with just three schools and 150 kids taking part in the pilot project. This year, five schools have confirmed. The young hopefuls will be doing eight selected events, including flags, beach sprints, run swim run, taplin and board races.

“We as Warnadoone Lifesaving Club also introduced it to the central clubs and helped them organise a central schools competition, holding their first-ever inter-school competition on the same day with five schools taking part,” said Veldtman. A total of 10 schools so far will be involved in this South Coast initiative.

According to Veldtman, next year it will be upgraded to include the KZN inter-schools Nipper Competition with all the current schools and the new schools that sign up.

“The schools have been amazing, all wanting to come on board so much, but we have to limit it due to funding and the amount of kids we can handle safely on the beach all at once at this point. Not one school has said they are not interested. This means this is going to be massive once it picks up momentum,” he said.

“It is my vision to have lifesaving in every coastal school as a sport, so kids have fun while they are learning. None of this would have happened without the support of all the lifesaving clubs that have bought into this idea and we will be needing their help, along with a sponsor. That will help us to hold bigger competitions as it grows in numbers for next year’s KZN and SA inter-schools champs,” Veldtman ended.

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