Nippers Newsletter – April 2020 WELCOME MESSAGEWelcome to the April Issue of the Nipper Newsletter!If you have any feedback or would like to contribute to the Nipper Newsletter, please contact the SLSQ Membership Development Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or (07) 3846 8000. INSIDE THIS ISSUE· Around the Grounds· Junior Presentations· SLSQ Awards of Excellence· ANZAC Day· Lifesaving in LockdownUPCOMING MEETINGSNorth Queensland Junior Activities Forum- Saturday 9 May 2020 WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND THE STATE· We have our SLS North Queensland club members out on surveillance patrol as the region enjoys some of its best weather for the year. Fortunately, we are allowed out to exercise, so on Sunday there were a few people swim training in the stinger nets and running or walking on the beach.· The SLSNQ Branch is exploring options to engage Nippers and members online, using available resources and creating some new content. We are all getting more efficient and comfortable with regular Zoom and Team meetings.· Although Junior State Titles were cancelled, our representative team have just received their uniforms in recognition of making the NBB Team for 2019/2020 season.· With our juniors now in the offseason, some of them are taking advantage of being stuck at home by beginning training early and burning off that extra energy (photos and videos can be found on the Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Lifesaving Club and Arcadian Surf Life Saving Club Facebook pages).· As the season draws to a close, we turn our attention to Awards and planning for the season ahead. We would like to congratulate everyone on a successful season and look forward to seeing everyone again when we kick off for 2020/2021!· With the early breakup of the season, clubs organised their own award presentations in light of the new guidelines and also prepared for their AGM’s. Most clubs in the region have completed their AGM’s and are looking forward to the new season and putting in place information and new ways members can interact and stay in touch with them while the global pandemic continues.· Moore Park SLSC would like to congratulate Finlay, Jai, Isaac, and Taj. These four U8’s competed at their first Branch Titles and they proved to be a fantastic little team, showing true sportsmanship and showcasing how fun Nippers competitions can be. Looking forward to seeing more of them in the future.· Bundaberg SLSC’s Junior March Past Team took home gold at the WBC Junior Branch Championships, an outstanding result that could not have been achieved without coach David Lester and assistant coach Jasmyn Theuerkauf.· It’s a credit to all of our clubs to get our nippers through their Junior Awards each season. These, along with end of season trophies, were presented at clubs’ junior presentations. Congratulations to all of our nippers!· It’s great to hear clubs are connecting with their members through alternative means to stay together. The junior Annual General meetings have started and by using technology clubs are having success in hosting meetings. Well done to those embracing these new innovations.· We finalized the 2019/20 season with 2,031 nippers, an increase of 5% on the previous season. There were notable increases in U6, U9, U10, U11, U13 and U14 age groups, on top of a 37.76% increase in Active Cadets – it’s great to see Nippers graduating through to the patrolling ranks!· PDB has been working on a checklist for Junior Activity Committees as a pre-season reminder of items that need to be achieved.· Prior to the lockdown, Coolangatta SLSC held a “Colour Run” as their end of season activity. A lot of fun was had and we hope to see it again next season! JUNIOR PRESENTATIONSSome surf clubs have turned to technology to deliver their annual Junior Awards by holding virtual presentations. Despite it being a ‘presentation day with a difference’ for many, it’s great to see our junior members be recognized and to celebrate the end of the Surf Life Saving Season. Here are just a few honorable mentions from across the State. A big ‘virtual high-five’ to these nippers:· Bundaberg SLSC awarded their Kerry Collins Memorial shield to Ariana Ulbl. Kerry Collins, known affectionately as ‘KC’, was a life-member of Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club. He is remembered as a successful competitor during the 1970s and for his valued contribution to training and assessing. His memorial shield is presented each year to the ‘Junior Club Champion’.· Bundaberg SLSC also awarded the Thomas Walker Memorial Shield to Xavier Ulbl. Thomas was an accomplished beach event competitor and died tragically in a motorbike accident in December 2016 at the age of 14. His mantra ‘leave nothing in the tank’ reminds us that life is precious. His memorial shield is presented each year to the most promising beach events competitor across the U11-U14 age groups. · Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park nippers, Genevieve and Charlotte Bonner were joint recipients of the ‘Craig Blanch U14 Spirit of Lifesaving Award’. This is awarded to members who’ve gone above and beyond normal duties in the club, which includes patrolling, assistance to nippers, competition, and dedication to training.· Rainbow Bay SLSC’s most prestigious Nipper trophy the ‘Darren Steel Trophy’ is awarded annually as a memorial to former Age Manager Darren Steel who passed away three years ago. Darren was a dedicated father and husband as well as member of the NSW Police Force. This trophy awards one male and one female member who have shown a number of values throughout the season including Sportsmanship, Empathy, and Community Spirit. This year the winners were Luke Steel and Mia Shepherd, who has also been named the Nipper Club Captains for season 2020/2021). SLSQ AWARDS OF EXCELLENCEThe new and improved nomination process for the 2020 Awards of Excellence has now been released (Circular- 47.04.20 SLSQ Recognition Awards Nomination Process). Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty this season? There are a number of major recognition awards that recognize those involved in Junior Activities.Key Junior Activities awards include:· U14 Junior Surf Lifesaver of the Year· Junior Athlete of the Year· Andy Frizzell OAM OBE· Junior and Youth Development Club of the Year· Rookie Coach – for any new coaches· Rookie Official – for any new officials closing dates at respective branches for major recognition awards are as follows:· North Queensland Branch – 3 June 2020· North Barrier Branch – 19 June 2020· Wide Bay Capricorn Branch– 5 June 2020· Sunshine Coast Branch– 18 June 2020· South Coast Branch– 3 June 2020· Point Danger Branch– 1 June 2020 ANZAC day while we were unable to come together physically for ANZAC day, many members put on their nipper caps and Red and Yellow uniforms for the Light up the Dawn Service. It was great to see so many nippers across the state stand in their driveway, on their balcony or in their living room to pay their respect and let our veterans know their service and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Thank you to all those who participated. LIFESAVING IN LOCKDOWNIt’s no secret that some of us are getting a little bored in lockdown but some members have figured out a way to keep fit, have fun, and practice their lifesaving skills. Yeppoon SLSC members, Lilly and Hannah, have invented ‘modified flags’, check out their video by clicking the photo below.This is a challenge if you choose to accept it! Send us a video of how you’re practicing Surf Life Saving in lockdown.SIGNING OFFAs we wrap up the end of this season it’s time to reflect on all the hard work done by our volunteers out in all our clubs. A big thank you to you all and we hope to see you next season. We wish our members all the best in North Queensland with their season already underway. The crew up there have been working very hard on a new surf education program that can be delivered by the Age Managers online. We hope to see you all back on our beautiful beaches soon and when it is safe to do so. Stay safe. Ray Fien State Junior Activities Advisor Surf Life Saving Queensland Jamie Findlay Membership Development Manager Surf Life Saving Queensland
Mackay Surf Girl 2019/2020- Keesha Close
This morning we presented 8 of our nippers with a haul of medals that they won at the North Barrier Branch Championships which included 8 clubs from Sarina to Townsville.
For these nippers who love the surf sports aspect, they train anywhere from 3 to 6 times per week in a number of disciplines which includes pool swimming, board training, ironperson training and beach (flags and sprints) – Now that is the fitness 🏃♀️🏄♂️🏊♂️🏋️♀️
5 of our nippers/youth from under 11s to 15 were also selected in the North Barrier Branch Youth Team who will travel to the Sunshine Coast in March to Compete at the QLD Youth State Titles
Welcome to the January issue of the Nipper Newsletter! We hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Christmas, a happy new year, and enjoyed some downtime over the holiday period. Clubs are starting to get back into the swing of things, with plenty of nippers already hitting the beach for the first sessions of 2020.
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
· Around the Grounds
· Hero nipper saves four
· Junior Age Awards (Education)
· Junior Surf Sports
· Games Manual
The State Junior Activities Advisory Panel (JAAP) will be meeting in February.
The purpose of the State JAAP is to provide representation to our largest portion of membership at the State Membership Services Committee (MSC). The JAAP makes recommendations to the MSC, and provide valuable insight on decisions that are made for our members.
If you have anything that needs to be brought to the attention of the State JAAP, please speak with your club’s Junior Activities Chairperson who, in turn, will speak to the relevant Branch Junior Activities Chairperson.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND THE STATE
Clubs enjoyed some downtime over the holiday period and most branches took advantage by conducting membership development programs across various regions including the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, and North Barrier. There were also a number of club-based camps run throughout holidays to keep everyone active and out of their parents’ hair!
JUNIOR SURF SPORTS – BRANCH CHAMPIONSHIP DATES
SLSQ GAMES MANUAL – TWO PERSON TUBE CHALLENGE
Ray Fien State Junior Activities Advisor Surf Life Saving Queensland
Jamie Findlay Membership Development Manager Surf Life Saving Queensland