Northern schools hit the beaches
By MAX GODBEE
Yamba Surf Life Saving Club
THE three Clarence River High Schools, Maclean, Grafton and South Grafton will be taking part in the second annual North Regional Combined High Schools (CHS) championship surf carnival at Yamba today,
The carnival is for CHS schools' students from Port Macquarie in the south to Kingscliff near the Queensland border
Yamba also hosted the initial North Coast CHS titles in 2004 and the plan was that the carnival would have a different venue each year.
However, regional CHS officials were well pleased with the handling of the championships last year and have opted for Yamba to once again be the host beach.
It will be the second of three surf life saving carnivals at Yamba in eight days, with the Yamba club having held the Junior (Nippers) carnival and Far North Coast Branch selection trials last Sunday and the selection trials for senior lifesavers with Under-15s, -17s -19s and open events to be staged this Sunday.
Today's carnival is promoted by Surf Life Saving NSW in conjunction with big time supporters Telstra.
A spokesperson for the organising committee said yesterday that school competitors today would not necessarily have to be members of surf life saving clubs.
"Qualified surf life saving examiners and judges will be in charge of events however and competition will be under the rules and conditions set out in the Surf Life Saving Australia manual," she said.
"Our aims are not only to find the age champions, both male and female, from the 13 years and under through to the age groups to 17 years, but also to make students more aware of water safety and to promote lifesaving throughout the North Coast Region."