Kiama SLSC nippers have returned from South West Rocks following success at the NSW Country Championships.
The team of 18 kids competed in a range of events in both the water and on sand, with many of them reaching the finals.
Some of the club’s outstanding results came from Lexi Farland, who won the under 13s beach sprint, Jackson Farland who placed second in the under 11s beach flags, Dalton Allen who was second in the under 8s beach flags and Soraya Philp Rudd who finished third in the under 10s beach sprint.
Lexi said it felt amazing for her hard work pay off.
“I train three times a week in beach sprints and nippers on a Sunday. I also did a few sessions with mentor and Mollymook competitor Kate Lewis, whose tips made all the difference,” she said.
Lexi said she “loves the people and the chilled out vibes” SLS offers her.
“At competitions I love how the whole team is there to cheer you on, like they were when I won gold,” she said.
“It's great to be able to share it with the club and everyone is encouraging no matter how you go.”
Dalton, who said it was an “awesome feeling” to achieve such as great result, loves being a nipper.
“When it's a hot day, I love that I can get in the water and cool off, and catch the waves,” he said.
For Soraya, it was her first time competing at the country championships.
“It was my first medal in nippers, I was so excited and happy,” she said.
Soraya enjoys the companionship that comes with being part of SLS.
“I love that every Sunday I get to be with my friends and we all help each other do our best,” she said.
Jackson, who slipped in his final, gave full credit to the winner.
“It felt great, I was so happy to get second and to just have a go. It was a shame I slipped, but the winner was very fast and a deserving nipper,” he said.
He trains three times a week, and like Soraya, enjoys the camaraderie of the sport.
“With some help from Kate Lewis on my turns, I got a lot faster,” he said.
“I like the people, everyone has fun, gives it a go and cheers you on.”