Lifesaving Nippers make a splash
Wicklow Surf Lifesaving took part in the Leinster Nipper Surf Lifesaving Championship held in Currocloe, Wexford, with 38 children representing the club.
Their ages ranged from 8 to 14 and the championship's saw them participating in event involving sea swimming paddle boards, sprints and flag courses.
The Wicklow girls swept away all competition to finish with a very high score all-round. The boys were less in numbers but were only narrowly beaten.
All the competitors who took part in the Leinster competition have now qualified for the national event which Wicklow will host in Brittas Bay Saturday, August 31, starting at 10 a.m. The event will feature some of Ireland's finest sea swimmers in the making. Crowds are also invited to attend.
On Sunday September 1 the junior teams will compete in the National Competition whereby 14 to 18 year olds compete in a similar type of competition adopting international rules. The competition will include paddle board rescues, a rescue tube rescue and a taplin relay. Large numbers of entrants are expected as most counties have entered teams.
Joan Morton of Wicklow Surf Lifesaving Club says, 'all of the competitors have trained very well this summer and are looking forward to a good competition. We would like to extend our thanks to the hard working coaches, lifeguards and parents who have contributed hugely throughout the summer.'