(Back) Mia Bell, Ryan Bebendorf, Sidney Blake, Michael Poli, Nicole Lowe, (Front) Ben Dollery, Tanna Martin, Peyton Craig and Coby Richardson with their State Title medals. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer
(Back) Mia Bell, Ryan Bebendorf, Sidney Blake, Michael Poli, Nicole Lowe, (Front) Ben Dollery, Tanna Martin, Peyton Craig and Coby Richardson with their State Title medals. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer Mike Richards GLA090416NIPP

Nippers get the gold at Burleigh comp

NIPPERS from Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club wrapped up the season on Saturday night by celebrating their state title championship wins.

The club cleaned up medals in a variety of disciplines including front beach sprints, relays, board paddle at the state championships at North Burleigh last month.

Fifteen-year-old Ryan Bebendorf is a member of Tannum Sands but won a silver in board rescue with a Noosa cap on his head.

He has been training with Noosa to improve his skills and become more familiar with big waves.

Eleven-year-old Mia Belle won a bronze in the board and the swim which was moved to Kirra Beach because the conditions were too rough at North Burleigh.

"It was much bigger than what we train in here," she said.

"I just did the best I could do."

In the Cameron Relay, the Tannum Sands team of Ben Dollery, Peyton Craig, Bailey Somerville and Tanna Martin won gold.

Peyton started the relay with a swim out to the cans and back into the shore.

When he hit the beach they were coming second and after Ben did his run leg and tagged Bailey for the board paddle, they were still in second place.

Ben kept that position when he tagged Tanna for the final run leg.

Tanna tripped at the start of his leg but the boy coming second stumbled.

"He went wide around the pole," he said.

"Once he did that I knew we were going to win."

Sidney Blake was another one who was quick over the sand taking bronze in the under-17s beach sprint.

But competing in the open age group was the biggest reward for Sidney.

"It was a real eye-opener to see how fast the best competitors in Australia can run," she said.

Coby Richardson and Lincoln Sommerville also won a bronze in the board rescue.

Coby said the conditions were difficult with big waves and strong currents but the boys held their own.

In the seniors Nicole Lowe won a gold for Champion Lifesaver and Michael Poli won the bronze. Nicole also won gold for the flags.