Nippers from Terrigal and Avoca Surf Life Saving Clubs participated in Champion Ironman Zane Holmes’ Medibank Wave Warriors Junior Challenge at Newport Surf Life Saving Club on Friday, January 16.
Holmes’ dedication to surf lifesaving led him to create the Wave Warriors Junior Challenge, an annual event now in its fifth year which attracts competitors from across Australia and New Zealand.
Open to under nine to under 15-year-old competitors, the Wave Warriors Junior Challenge is a beach and surf spectacular, set up to mirror the famous Kellogg’s Ironman series and promote further development for junior lifesavers.
“My goal was to create a unique ocean and beach spectacular for junior lifesavers (nippers) so they can come together from around Australia to participate in an exciting competition,” said Holmes.
The Wave Warriors Junior Challenge has events across all surf sports disciplines with individual events such as beach sprint, beach flags, surf race, board race and iron person and team events including surf teams, board relay, warrior relay and a two kilometre all age beach relay.
The competition is about participation and fun, encouraging young athletes towards a healthy and active lifestyle and to continue their participation in the sport and to become future volunteer patrolling lifesavers at their local surf lifesaving clubs.
Media release, 7 Jan 2015