The Rainbow Beach team, including 14 nippers, who competed at the Caloundra Kings Beach Carnival earlier this month.
The Rainbow Beach team, including 14 nippers, who competed at the Caloundra Kings Beach Carnival earlier this month.

Rainbow nippers' top effort

RAINBOW Beach nippers performed creditably at a recent carnival.

Kings Beach in Caloundra was overrun with nippers on Sunday November 13.

From Rainbow, 14 nippers in the under-7 to under-10 age groups took on the big clubs.

Rainbow Beach SLSC junior activities co-ordinator Vicki Schooth said the kids put in a great effort and a few got places.

"They all put in their best efforts, displayed their best behaviour, and generally represented our club well. Congratulations to Haylee Keep for achieving second place in the under-8 flags," Schooth said.

She said other Rainbow kids did well in the board and swimming events, but official results were not yet released.

A fairly small club, Rainbow Beach nippers train every Sunday from 8.30am to 10.30 and during that time about 70 kids are on the sand.

"All other clubs have about 300-400 on the beach at a time. Basically considering we're such a small club I'm really proud of our kids, they've really outdone themselves and are definitely the underdogs at these carnivals."

And they usually finished in the middle of the field.

The season is about half way through, and Rainbow Beach is set to hold an age champions day on December 4.

"Our guys aren't really competitive compared to Coast clubs, they do more training during the week," Schooth said.

But people drive for over an hour to train once a week at Rainbow, where nippers were mostly a big educational experience.

"We incorporate a lot of fun, surf safety and awareness. The competition is a bit of a bonus."

Schooth said the Caloundra carnival was a bit of an eye opener for the younger nippers that checked out the competition.

But the best place to compete was Rainbow.

"I like it. It's still small and quiet, not over commercialised or populated. It's low-key and friendly," she said.

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