Big championships at Minnie Water
THE North Coast Branch Surf Life Saving Championships this Sunday will be the biggest event Minnie Water Beach has hosted.
The championships return to Minnie Water-Wooli Surf Life Saving Club for the first time in seven years.
The branch's northernmost club's numbers have swollen dramatically since it last hosted. Some 80 competitors in the green and purple caps will compete across all age groups from under-8s to Masters against athletes from North Beach, Urunga, Sawtell, Coffs Harbour, Woolgoolga, Red Rock and Minnie Water.
MWWSLSC Nippers president Angela Hinterholzl said competition would be tough but is anticipating some strong results from the club.
"This will be our largest number of members in a long time and this is definitely the biggest carnival to be held at the beach," Hinterholzl said.
"With Peter Lougher coaching our nippers on the beach and Geoff Brodin for the board events, our nippers are looking really good.
"The under-9s have won recent swim team, board relay and beach relay events and the under-12s should do well in those events as well."
Jordan Gallagher, Matt Parkin and Cody Hinterholzl are three of the strong boys in the under-12s.
Last weekend Cody was provided with some real-life training when he performed a dramatic rescue at Minnie Water Beach along with Morgen Parkin, who will be one to watch in under-14 girls.
Meanwhile, look out for Ashleigh Ensbey in under-12 girls who, along with Jordan Gallagher, represented North Coast Branch at the NSW Inter-Branch Titles in December.
Sophie Hinterholzl, Xaviar Elward, Jack Leeson and Tevan Gallagher have also impressed their coaches recently as well as several girls from the under-8s.
Many of the club's nippers live an hour or more from the beach, training regularly in the river at Grafton on Tuesday afternoons, and will be coming up against clubs who train on the beach three times per week.