COMPETITORS: Tannum nippers Taj Andrews, Kane Martin, Kai Devine, Sam Churchward, Oscar Wemmerslager and Liam Morris.
COMPETITORS: Tannum nippers Taj Andrews, Kane Martin, Kai Devine, Sam Churchward, Oscar Wemmerslager and Liam Morris. Conributed

Tannum nippers challenge Coolangatta

LIFESAVING: Tannum Sands Junior Surf Life Saving nippers shone brightly at last weekend's Coolangatta Gold Youth Challenge.

All 17 of the Tannum nippers completed a gruelling course of a 300m soft sand run, a 400m swim, 400m run, 500m board and finally a 150m run.

Club coach John Andrews told the nippers not to put too much pressure on themselves.

The nippers had a three-day training camp leading up to the challenge.

"These young athletes trained real hard these last three days and we had some tough surf conditions to work with so they were physically and mentally exhausted," Andrews said.

"Not the ideal way to lead into a race."

All of the nippers from across the age groups put in a great effort, starting with youngest squad member Adina Philpott in under-11s, for a top-10 finish.

The under-12 boys were led by Kai Devine who exited the water in second place with Oscar Wemmerslager hot on his heels in fourth. Sam Churchward and Liam Morris were not too far off the pace either.

Devine had a dream run on the board on the way out while Wemmerslager was unlucky to get caught in the break on the back bank.

On the way in, Kai was unable to hold onto his wave through the gutter but still managed to hold on to a podium third position.

"I was a bit disappointed I fell off the wave, but still happy to get third," Devine said.

"That run was really hard and I thought my legs were going to drop off."