Agnes Water's six competitors at Elliott Heads for a three-point carnival.
Agnes Water's six competitors at Elliott Heads for a three-point carnival. Contributed

Agnes nippers small in number but big in competitive spirit

WITH a small contingent of competitors fighting against the much larger surf life saving clubs, Agnes Water is confident it can muscle up and find a way to be a big presence when it counts.

The club will be looking to do exactly that this weekend at Wide Bay Capricorn Junior Branch titles, and coming off a successful Australia Day tilt, the enthusiasm is high.

Six of Agnes Water's competitors challenged the dense numbers of Bundaberg and Hervey Bay, coming away with five individual gold medals and a relay gold to go with a further four place finishes.

The tally could have been magnified if not for the swim and board events being cancelled due to harsh weather conditions.

"It would have been nice if the nippers could have had a last competition with the swim and board events before going to Junior Branch," age manager Karen Wardlaw said.

Despite training extensively for the water events, the Agnes Water competitors, made up of nine-year-old Jake Meakes and 10-year-olds Annabell Kennedy, Amy Sevenson, Jakob Wardlaw, Jack Willson and Jack Wood, performed brilliantly individually and together.

Jake Meakes added gold to his list of achievements after being called in to help out the Moore Park team in the wade relay, while Agnes Waters under-10s won two medals in the beach sprint (first) and wade relay (third).

Club president Ernie Vaughan said it was a credit to the team's ability to perform well individually and better as a team which counted.

"I am very proud of how these nippers competed," Vaughan said.

"They are really good individually, but put them in a team and they compete even better. We are all looking forward to see what they can achieve at branch next weekend."

Gold medals:

  • Jake Meakes - U9 wade relay
  • Amy Sevenson - U10 deep water wade
  • Jakob Wardlaw - U10 beach sprint, beach flags
  • Jack Wood - U10 deep water wade
  • U10 sprint relay - Amy Sevenson, Jakob Wardlaw, Annabell Kennedy and Jack Wood