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New boards to keep nippers afloat

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Harper Gross, Chase Sauer and Brooklyn Sauer with the new boards

Nippers from Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club will have even more opportunity to get out and into the ocean thanks to new boards purchased through the help of Bundaberg Regional Council funding.

As part of the club’s expansion of its nippers project eight new boards were purchased at a total cost of $11,000, partially funded by the Community Services Sport and Recreation Grant.

Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club Junior Activities Chairperson Janine Lester said the boards would replace old equipment that was reaching its end of life.

“The new fibreglass nipper boards will replace very old boards and add to the club training stock,” Janine said.

“They will help develop surf knowledge and awareness, rescue skills, fitness, and endurance in the U11 to U13 group of junior lifesavers.

“The nipper boards will be used extensively during the Sunday Nipper Program, board training sessions during the week and junior carnivals.”

Janine said this season had seen an increase in participants who had signed up to take part in the nipper season.

“More than 200 nippers have signed up for the season which is an increase on previous years,” she said.

“The junior’s program is designed for children from five to 14 years, with the beginning of volunteer patrols on Sunday 18 September.”

The season is only just beginning for the Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club, with a number of new volunteers graduating to the patrol team and carnivals set to kick off come November.

“Bundaberg will host the first of the region's junior carnivals on Sunday 6 November with competitors travelling from Elliott Heads and Moore Park Surf Life Saving Clubs as well as Hervey Bay and Agnes Water,” she said.

“Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club's volunteer patrol teams were boosted recently by the addition of eleven U14 members who achieved their Surf Rescue Certificate.

“Volunteer patrols during weekends and public holidays have helped keep thousands of visitors to Nielson Park safe since 1921.”

Sport and Recreation grants aim to provide financial assistance to sport and active recreation organisations towards opportunities to increase participation and towards new or upgraded sport and recreation facilities.

You can find out more about Council’s community grants here.

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