Tathra Nippers recognised at presentation

TATHRA Surf Life Saving Club has a strong future judging by its Nippers program.

A large contingent of youngsters was on hand to receive certificates and medals for their efforts this year at a presentation night on Saturday.

Under 14s nippers prize winners are (from left) Liam Jolley, Aaron Smith, Jack Robbers, Darci Collins, Sam Crowley, Chloe Meaker and Ashley Jones.

Under 14s nippers prize winners are (from left) Liam Jolley, Aaron Smith, Jack Robbers, Darci Collins, Sam Crowley, Chloe Meaker and Ashley Jones.

The under 13s winners are (back, from left) Alby Kean, Xavier Smith, Eyrl Boulton, Nimmity Ford, Yasmin Threadgate, instructor Margaret Hazelgrove, (front) Fergus Ascot, Lily Hazelgrove and Gina Brichacek.

The under 13s winners are (back, from left) Alby Kean, Xavier Smith, Eyrl Boulton, Nimmity Ford, Yasmin Threadgate, instructor Margaret Hazelgrove, (front) Fergus Ascot, Lily Hazelgrove and Gina Brichacek.

Under 12s nippers winners are (from left) Kamish Threadgate, Curtis Woodley, Jorja Robbers and Ishbel Brown.

Under 12s nippers winners are (from left) Kamish Threadgate, Curtis Woodley, Jorja Robbers and Ishbel Brown.

Tathra under 11s Nippers with their certificates are (back, from left) Troy Rees, Chloe Ison, Ellen Maran, Paityn Collins, Dylan Shaw, Paul Hazelgrove, Ewan Protrowski, Jack Crowley, (front) Tullen Ford, Millie Green, Luella Boulton, Kaitlin Hoare, Annalise Protrowski, Eddie Blewitt and Callum Bogie.

Tathra under 11s Nippers with their certificates are (back, from left) Troy Rees, Chloe Ison, Ellen Maran, Paityn Collins, Dylan Shaw, Paul Hazelgrove, Ewan Protrowski, Jack Crowley, (front) Tullen Ford, Millie Green, Luella Boulton, Kaitlin Hoare, Annalise Protrowski, Eddie Blewitt and Callum Bogie.

Under 10s prize winning Nippers at Tathra are (from left) Abbey Green, Becky Robbers, Amrikah Robinson, Lucy Spittle, Zali Smith, Max Navarrete and Riley Shaw.

Under 10s prize winning Nippers at Tathra are (from left) Abbey Green, Becky Robbers, Amrikah Robinson, Lucy Spittle, Zali Smith, Max Navarrete and Riley Shaw.

Winners in the Tathra lifesaving under 9s are (back, from left) Harrison Woodley, Georgia Cameron, Brodie Dixon, Chloe Jones, Ruby O’Leary, Zoe (middle) Misty Threadgate, Alex Marks, Brianna Ison, Kyarna Boulton (front) Oliver Meaker and Hayden Whitton.

Winners in the Tathra lifesaving under 9s are (back, from left) Harrison Woodley, Georgia Cameron, Brodie Dixon, Chloe Jones, Ruby O’Leary, Zoe (middle) Misty Threadgate, Alex Marks, Brianna Ison, Kyarna Boulton (front) Oliver Meaker and Hayden Whitton.

Prize winners in the Tathra Surf Life Saving Club’s under 8s nippers are (from left) Lily Jardine, Chelsea Hoare, Maya Rae Navarrete, Darcy Woodley and Sam Lever.

Prize winners in the Tathra Surf Life Saving Club’s under 8s nippers are (from left) Lily Jardine, Chelsea Hoare, Maya Rae Navarrete, Darcy Woodley and Sam Lever.

Margaret Hazelgrove gives a speech about her experience of leading the under 13 and 14s nippers at Tathra Surf Life Saving Club during the presentation on Saturday.

Margaret Hazelgrove gives a speech about her experience of leading the under 13 and 14s nippers at Tathra Surf Life Saving Club during the presentation on Saturday.

Instructor for the under 13s and 14s Margaret Hazelgrove said it was inspiring to see the numbers of young people involved in the club, but acknowledged everyone helping them along the way.

“There are many unseen people who are not here tonight, but they form part of our club and they’ve all helped you get here,” Hazelgrove said during her speech.

Hazelgrove said enjoying the beach and being part of surf lifesaving was a privilege countries around the world wanted and locals shouldn’t take it for granted.

“I’d just like to say, the people here tonight are the envy of many people in many countries,” she said.

Hazelgrove said she enjoyed her time working with the Nippers and the assistance went both ways.

“They are beautiful people, I’m so pleased I’ve been able to come on the journey and help them help themselves gain these qualifications.

“As a parent and volunteer that when you come to help at these clubs you actually think you’re doing something to help the kids, but along the way there is a switch.

“And the switch is the kids help those people who are volunteering,” she said.

Club member Rob Armstrong also made an opening speech to the Nippers to encourage them back into the water despite a shark attack that killed his wife Chris last week. .

“I’m just enjoying looking around at my future lifesavers because you will be part of my family and the family of all the people who are here … as you grow up and you experience that it is something you will never experience anywhere else,” Armstrong said.

“So I want you to honour Chris, honour this club, and most of all, honour yourselves,

“Get back in the water to enjoy it, to love it and most of all to remember to hug the person beside you as often as you can,” he said.