Winning is bliss for young nipper

RAINBOW Beach nipper Bliss Sorresenen had many reasons to be happy at the Rainbow Beach Surf Life Saving Club's weekend nippers carnival this weekend.

Sorrensen won the Under 11 girls flags on her home beach as one of an estimated 800 nippers taking part in the season opening carnival from clubs right across the Sunshine Coast. Sorrensen managed to outrun some quality competition from rival clubs to clinch the Rainbow Beach club's only first place on the day.

It was a result that pleased Rainbow Beach Surf Life Saving Club spokesperson Brad Robb.

“That was a great win and the club is very proud,” he said.

Aside from Sorrensen's heroics on the sand, the Rainbow Beach club also enjoyed a number of minor placings as well.

Lauren Palm collected second place in the Under 9 beach sprints while Holly Rye finished third in the Under 11 girls flags.

A host of other Rainbow kids made the finals of their respective events.

“It's a really encouraging sign and a great boost of motivation for the kids,” Robb said.

Predictions of ideal weather conditions didn't disappoint either, together with the excitement of having the beach back to its former glory after devastating erosion earlier in the year.

“It was a great day and the conditions were ideal,” Robb said.

“The public that came to watch enjoyed themselves, as did the nippers and officials.”

Meanwhile, in a gesture of goodwill, the Mooloolaba Club attending the event donated four nipper boards to the Rainbow Beach club.

Redfin Nippers Boards, a company, also donated a board of its own.

“We are so thankful,” Robb said.

With each board costing around $900, the donation was incredibly generous.

Robb also thanked organiser Debbie O'Brien for her efforts in co-ordinating the Rainbow Beach entrants in the carnival.

Many of the Rainbow Beach nippers will be in action later this month on October 31 for the next carnival in Maroochydore.

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