SLSGB National Nipper Pool Championships 2018

 

Woolacombe SLSC have retained their title as National Nipper Champions coming out on top. The event was well attended in all age groups with 28 clubs attending and 785 competitors.

Day One:
The first day was for the younger competitors (8 – 10 year olds) and for some this was the first time in a 50m pool, but this did not put them off and some SLSGB British records were broken. The day consisted of 28 events for each age group and a total of 199 heats with a total of 373 athletes.

  • 50m Flipper Race
  • 50m Manikin Carry
  • 4X50m Medley Rely
  • 50m Board Race
  • 50m Board Rescue
  • Board Relay (4 X 25m)

New SLSGB British individual records were broken by:

    Event     Name   Club     Time  
               
    9 year old Girls Board Race     Poppy Szymankiewicz   Woolacombe SLSC     00:30.70  
    10 year old Boys Board Race     Zaiph Abram-Bridges Woolacombe SLSC 00:29.11  

 

New SLSGB British Team records were broken by:

    Event     Club     Time  
             
    8yrs Girls Board Rescue     St Ives SLSC     00:43.05  
    9yrs Girls Board Rescue     Holywell Bay SLSC 00:36.19  
    9yrs Boys Board Rescue     Saunton Sands SLSC     00:37.33  
    10yrs Girls Board Rescue     Holywell Bay SLSC 00:34.79  

 

This year the new Junior Manikin was introduces to the Nipper event. The Junior Manikin is smaller than the normal ILS Manikin which has been used in the past and are designed for the younger age groups as they help in the development of tow technique as they are more manageable.

New records were set –

Event Name Club Time
8yrs Girls Junior Manikin Tassy Ward St Agnes SLSC 01:04.00
8yrs Boys Junior Manikin Sam Wylie Gyllyngvase SLSC 00:58.98
9yrs Girls Junior Manikin Libbie Geach Langdon Bay SLSC 00:47.89
9yrs Boys Junior Manikin Ted Chesworth Saunton Sands SLSC       00:52.07
10yrs Girls Junior Manikin Hatti Ducros Polzeath SLSC 00:45.77
10yrs Boys Junior Manikin William Watkins Pen-Y-Bont SLSC 00:46.27
11yrs Girls Junior Manikin Connie Millar Rhoose SLSC 00:45.03
11yrs Boys Junior Manikin Lewis Morgan Sker & Pink Bay SLSC 00:48.30
12yrs Girls Junior Manikin Carys Griffiths-Cole Sker & Pink Bay SLSC 00:44.61
12yrs Boys Junior Manikin Trisytn James Rest Bay SLSC 00:41.61
13yrs Girls Junior Manikin Anya Hocking Gyllyngvase SLSC 00:42.04
13yrs Boys Junior Manikin Ryan Openshaw Branksome Chime SLSC 00:43.13

After a full day of competition, the top 5 team were:

1. Woolacombe 539.5 points
2. St Ives 425.5 points
3. Polzeath 404 points
4. Saunton Sands 348.5 points
5. Gyllyngvase 317 Points

 

Day Two:
The second day of competition saw the older Nippers (11 – 13 year old) take to the water, there was both a larger number of athletes as well as a larger programme. The day had 36 events for each age group and a total of 200 heats with a total of 412 athletes.

  • 50m Flipper Race
  • 50m Manikin Carry
  • Manikin Relay (4 X 25m)
  • 100m Rescue Tube with Fins
  • 4X50m Medley Rely
  • 50m Board Race
  • 50m Board Rescue
  • Board Relay (4 X 25m)

Throughout the second day the leader’s board was constantly changing and the competition had an electric atmosphere with spectators on the edge of their seats with some very close racing.

New SLSGB British individual records were broken by:

    Event     Name   Club     Time  
               
    11yrs Boys Flipper Race     Connie Millar   Rhoose SLSC     00:27.20  
    12yrs Boys Flipper Race     Trisytn James Rest Bay SLSC 00:24.66  
    13yrs Girls Board Race     Marisa Poole   Saunton Sands SLSC     00:28.34  
    11yrs Boys Board Race     Reen Bowden-Inoue Watergate Bay SLSC 00:27.97  

 

New SLSGB British Team records were broken by:

Event Club Time
11yrs Girls Rescue Tube Rhoose SLSC 01:13.27
12yrs Girls Rescue Tube Rest Bay SLSC 01:09.52
13yrs Girls Rescue Tube Branksome Chime SLSC 01:08.14
12yrs Boys Rescue Tube Rest Bay SLSC 01:07.09
13yrs Boys Rescue Tube Branksome Chime SLSC 01:07.62
11-13 Girls Medley Relay Gyllyngvase SLSC 02:14.74
11-13 Boys Medley Relay Gyllyngvase SLSC 02:10.83
11yrs Girls Bboard Rescue Holywell Bay SLSC 00:33.65
13yrs Girls Bboard Rescue Gyllyngvase SLSC 00:30.86
12yrs Boys Board Rescue Rest Bay SLSC 00:31.09
13yrs Boys Board Rescue Gyllyngvase SLSC 00:31.20

The end of the second days competition showed a different set for results

  1. Gyllyngvase – 50 points
  2. Rest Bay – 707 points
  3. Woolacombe – 50 points
  4. Branksome Chine – 599 points
  5. Saunton Sands – 595 points

With both days points added together the final overall rankings were:

Place Team Points
1 Woolacombe Surf Life Saving Club 1,220
2 Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving Club 1,035.50
3 St. Ives Surf Life Saving Club 966.5
4 Rest Bay Lifeguard Club 945
5 Saunton Sands Surf Life Saving Club 943.5
6 Sker & Pink Bay Surf Life Saving Club 784.5
7 Branksome Chine Surf Life Saving Club 698
8 Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club 678.5
9 Portreath Surf Life Saving Club 399.5
10 Holywell Bay Surf Life Saving Club 369
11 Croyde Surf Life Saving Club 347
12 Rhoose Lifeguard Club 338
13 Llantwit Major Surf Life Saving Club 297.5
14 Perranporth Surf Life Saving Club 235
15 Langland Bay Lifeguard Club 233.5
16 Pen-Y-Bont Surf Life Saving Club 177
17 St Agnes Surf Life Saving Club 164.5
18 Hayle Surf Life Saving Club 109
19 Watergate Bay Surf Life Saving Club 99
20 Bideford Bay Surf Life Saving Club 94
21 Blyth Lifeguard and Swimming Club 90
22 Crantock Surf Life Saving Club 56
23 Whitmore Bay Surf Life Saving Club 28.5
24 Lusty Surf Life Saving Club 22
25 Bude Surf Life Saving Club 10
26 Brighton Surf Life Saving Club 8
27 Teignmouth Surf Life Saving Club 5
28 Heanor Swimming and Lifeguard Club  

 

SLSGB would like to thank all the Referee’s and Officials who gave their time to make the event a success and to all the club Team Managers, helper and parents who brought all the teams together to create such a great event.

The last thanks’ must go out to all the Nippers that took part in the event and showed great team spirit and true Sportsmanship throughout the event and you all were a credit to your Clubs and to SLSGB/SLSA Wales.

You can download the full results here