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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 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.

If you have any feedback or would like to contribute to the Nipper Newsletter, please contact the SLSQ Membership Development Team on or (07) 3846 8000.


·         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.


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!​

One of our young members made news for all the right reasons over the holidays, using his lifesaving skills to rescue four adults from a treacherous rip.
Fourteen-year-old Clayton Schilg (pictured above) was holidaying with his family in northern New South Wales when the amazing rescue story unfolded.
Around 2 pm on Thursday, 9 January, a group of swimmers entered the water at an unpatrolled stretch of coast on Wooyung Beach, before getting caught in a rip and getting swept out to sea.
Hearing their cries for help, Clayton rushed to assist, grabbing a nearby surfboard before heading out into the water. Using the skills he learned while training at Tweed Heads & Coolangatta SLSC, Clayton navigated the tricky conditions, managed the panicking swimmers, and used his board to help four adults back to shore.
This story could have had a much different outcome if it weren’t for Clayton’s remarkable bravery and actions that day. Congratulations Clayton! It’s a wonderful example of the vital skills and awareness our young members learn through the surf lifesaving movement.
Junior Activities is a fun way for children to enjoy the beach in a safe environment, while also offering an educational pathway through the delivery of SLSA’s Junior Development Program. This program is designed to ensure children have fun at the beach while participating in lessons that will provide them with a pathway to become an active participant in both lifesaving and sports activities.
As part of the Junior Development and Junior Activities Programs, youngsters have the opportunity to gain a junior development award each season. Those wishing to compete in inter‐club events must complete their award prior to the close of entries of their respective Branch and/or State Championships.
Each member should be encouraged to attain their respective age award regardless of whether they are competing or not.
Unsure if your nipper has completed their award? Check with their age manager or the
club administrator.
For more information about the Junior Education Awards simply head to the SLSQ APP HERE! 


Nippers across the state are gearing up for their respective Branch Championships to be held across Queensland in February:
·  Wide Bay Capricorn Branch – 29th  February & 1st March
·  Sunshine Coast Branch
·  U11-U15 Water – 8th  February
·  U11-U15 Beach – 9th  February
·  U8-U10 – 2nd  February
·  South Coast Branch
·  U8-U10 – 16th  February
·  U11-U15– 8th  & 9th  February
·  Point Danger Branch
·  U11-U14 – 8th  & 9th  February
·  U8-U10 – 10 February
Also a special congratulations to all those who competed in their Branch Surf Rescue Championship in January.
Queensland Youth Champs
The 2020 Queensland Youth Championships are set to take place at Alexandra Headland across three days from March 20-22.
State Board Riding Championship Results
The Queensland Board Riding Championships saw  150 surf lifesavers, from nippers through to masters, swap their rescue tubes for long and shortboards as they hit the waves to showcase their surfing skills. The Championships were held at Alexandra Headland across two days from January 18-19, with Noosa Heads taking out both the overall and handicap point scores.
Interstate Results
The Queensland Cyclones Youth Team recently hit the sand and surf at the 2020 Interstate Championships at Alexandra Headland on Friday, 24 January. After a tough day of racing from all competitors, the team finished second, just behind NSW.


SLSQ’s games manual has a wide range of different activities that can be built into weekly nipper sessions to help build leadership, teamwork, and fun. 
The games in the manual are designed to supplement existing training and are not intended to replace the assessment criteria, which is required to be completed by members to obtain their Junior Development Age Award
 There are a range of different water- and beach-based activities, which can be tailored to suit any age or skill level. For example, the two-person tube challenge is a great activity to help practice and refine some of the core water skills.
·         2 x tubes per group of three
·         Water safety
·         5 x rescue tubes
·         4 x patrol uniforms
·         10 x rope ties
Minimum Numbers
·         Six
·         To teach the participants skills to do a tube rescues in a surf-related environment.
Related Events
·         Surf rescue certificate and Bronze medallion.
1. Participants are to form into groups of three.
2. Each group is given two rescue tubes. Two people are the rescuers and one person is the patient.
3. Water safety officers are to set a mark which the patients are to swim to.
4. Once all the patients are set, the instructor gives the command for the rescuers to enter the water.
5. The rescuers swim out to their patient, one rescuer attaches the tube to the patient as normal, and the second rescuer attaches their tube to the ring of the tube around the patient.
6. Both rescuers swim the patient back to the shore.
7. Rotate so that everyone gets a turn doing each of the rescues. You may like to make it a race.
Other Options
More patients and rescues working together (ensure water safety requirements are met).
Want to find more games that you can use to keep your nippers engaged? Head on over to the SLSQ App and you will find over 75 different activities, varying from flat water, surf, beach and
classroom ideas!
If you are doing these activities or have your own that you are doing, record an explanation video and send it through – we would love to be able to share these ideas and provide demonstrations for others to be able to use.
As we head into 2020, I would like to thank all the age managers and education officers at our clubs across the state for ensuring our nippers have gained their Junior Age Awards. To everyone competing at Branch Youth Championships next month, I wish you all the best and I hope to see you all at the Queensland Youth Championships at Alexandra Headland in March.
Congratulations to Nobbys Beach SLSC member Nick Marshall, who was recently nominated for an Australia Day award in the Local Hero category. Nick created the Albatross Nippers, an inclusive program designed to provide all children with an opportunity to participate in surf lifesaving.
Stay safe and we will see you on the beach.

Ray Fien 
State Junior Activities Advisor
Surf Life Saving Queensland   

Jamie Findlay
Membership Development Manager
Surf Life Saving Queensland