L-R are Darcy Schultz and Patience Knott up and running in the board relay.
L-R are Darcy Schultz and Patience Knott up and running in the board relay. eH Photographers GLA0312183PC

GALLERY: A taste of competition, but fun aim of the game

NIPPERS: Tannum Nippers were having fun despite the heat at the 3 Point Carnival against Yeppoon and Emu Park at Tannum main beach on Sunday.

Under-9s Patience Knott said this carnival was the best fun.

"This is my first season of nippers and my very first carnival," she said.

"It was so much fun racing with my friends and I even made some new friends from the other clubs.

"My favourite race was the board relay."

This carnival was a dress rehearsal for the Wide Bay Capricorn Junior Branch Carnival to be hosted by the Tannum Sands Surf Lifesaving Club from February 1-3.

Team manager Amy Copsey said the event ran smoothly and all families pitched in.

"It is such a big co-ordinated effort to run a surf carnival with one official for every eight competitors, one water safety for every five competitors, age managers for each age group, canteen coordinators, BBQ helpers, people to set up shade tents for marshalling and first aid stations and plenty of other behind-the-scene jobs to make sure everything is safe on the day," she said.

"It was good to see so many families becoming more involved because nippers and their families are a key component to the sustainability of our club as the nippers move though the program to become lifesavers or their parents take on the various committee and support roles to administer the club activities."

While the focus was on fun, there was more at stake in the 11-15 age bracket, who were vying for selection on the North Team to compete at the North v South Challenge to be held at Agnes Water in February.