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Ellis Beach SLSC Throws Open Its Doors


CAPTION: Ellis Beach U15s (from left) Connie Southwood, Anastasia Wynberg, Alaina Smith and Mackenzie Whitehouse competed at the Australian Junior Surf Life Saving Championships with Anastasia placing 20th in Australia in the surf swim.

Ellis Beach Surf Life Saving Club will host an open weekend on April 27-28 from 10am to 2pm to encourage new members to sign up.

President Lennie Wanklyn said the club’s life savers, age managers, coaches and nippers would be on hand to talk to parents and children about joining nippers or becoming a volunteer life saver.

“Ellis Beach has an exciting 2019 planned with some of the club’s most experienced coaches, including World Champion Ash Buls, returning to share their skills with the next generation of life savers,” he said.

“Nippers teaches children how to safely have fun in the surf, an invaluable skill for beach-loving Australians.

“Some nippers come to enjoy the comradery of surf life saving and be part of a volunteer organisation that keeps the community safe.

“Others enjoy surf sports and train to represent Ellis Beach at carnivals and compete at a State level as part of the North Queensland Junior State Team.

“For the first time in a decade Ellis Beach sent a team to the Australian Junior Surf Life Saving Championships last month.

“Anastasia Wynberg placed was the 20th fastest U15 surf swimmer in Australia – a great achievement for someone who trains in North Queensland waters – while her team mates Mackenzie Whitehouse, Alaina Smith and Connie Southwood also put in a solid performance.

“Ellis Beach has a firm focus on pathways for our younger members and we are proud that these young athletes and many of our graduating nippers are returning to help train our younger members.”

Ellis Beach Surf Life Saving Club open weekend is on April 27-28 from 10am to 2pm.