Nipper Coordinator Message
When I was writing this in my head before COVID-19 I was thinking how amazing all our nippers are. I was looking forward to an incredible finish and looking forward to the final two weeks. Those last weeks are my favourite time of the season as it’s in these weeks that you really start to see the confidence of the kids, the coming together of everything they have
been doing. The smiles on their faces and enjoyment they have being on the beach makes everything we put in, not only as a coordinator but also as a committee member and a parent, worthwhile.
I just want to say a quick thankyou to the committee who have given me a lot of freedom with the nippers programme. Fortunately they haven’t let me hang myself and have been there to bounce ideas off when I needed it. Special thanks to Monica who provided coaches for skills training (one of the areas we wish to improve next year), Jamie who had the important job of getting
the trailer to the beach and the line in each week and all patrolling members who helped with water safety each week.
To our fantastic Age Group Managers, I thank you. Without you willing to come here week after week we would not have a nipper programme. I have seen all of you put so much effort and for many of you it hasn’t been just this season but previous seasons as well. Without your support, advice, ideas and enthusiasm my job would be so much harder.
To the parents who have put in that little bit extra by setting up, packing up, being water safety or simply entertaining children. I also thank you. You may not think that you have done much but believe me every little bit helps. The old adage that many hands make light work is very true. Beach set up takes an hour for one person half an hour for 2, and ten or 15 minutes with the help I have had on the beach this year. It is only a little bit of time to you, but a lot to us.
Lastly, and most importantly, I wish to thank our nippers. They have turned up week after week and put in so much effort, there have been tears and triumphs. I am so proud of each and every one of them as I seen the improvements across the board. I do hope they all enjoyed themselves and will be back next season.
2019-20 Woodside Nipper Award Winners
|Age Group Manager||Nipper of
|Under 6||Michelle Wong & William Liitainen (Assistant)||Mia Stewart||Harvey
|Under 7||Sunita Gaby & Kathryn Hunt||Bella Sime||Neven
|Under 8||Brianna Daniels, Talei Ramsey, Robert Aquilina
& Fearne Casson (Assistant)
|Bella Taua||Euan Buchan||Maddison
|Under 9||Amanda Betteridge, Ruth Gaw & Patrick Connolly||Meadbh
|Under 10||Billy Ferreira||Nalita
|Under 11||Francis Meehan||Shauna
|Under 12||Cadell Buss||Ruby-Rose
|Under 13||Chloe James||Millie Ratcliffe||Kaleb
Age Group Manager of the Year
It’s such a hard task to pick the Age Group Manager of the year. Every single one of them deserve recognition for the effort they have put in. This year, I want to recognise an individual who volunteered for one age group but did not hesitate to offer their services for another even though it meant they would not be helping out with their child’s age group. They had no hesitation in offering a hand around the club whenever they saw they had the skills to help or whenever it was asked and have thrown themselves into their role whole heartedly even carrying a severe injury during the season. Always with a smile and amazing attitude this year’s Age Group Manager is Michelle Wong.
Director of Surf Sports Message
Our season may not of ended the way we wanted it too, but our athletes still had a fantastic one.We had representation at 11 SLSWA carnivals from beaches as far north at Sorrento SLSC to as far south at Denmark SLSC.
We gained 2 new state champions and 1 state medalist this season all in their respected areas. Congratulations to our 3 athletes.
Thank you to our officials, youth officials and water safety who volunteered their time to ensure our athletes were able to compete at our surf carnivals.
To our parents we thank you for being our support crew, cheer squad, taxi drivers and chefs, without you our team wouldn’t be able to compete.
Finally to my coaching staff, you guys have been fantastic. For being there in my absence to coaching our athletes, your hard work is greatly appreciated.
Bring on the 2020/2021 season.
State Champions and State Medallist
- Milly Reynolds – Gold – U12 2km Beach Run – SLSWA Endurance Championships
- Jorge Ferrira – Gold – U9 Beach Flags – SLSWA Little Nipper State Championships
- William Liitiainen – Silver – U14 4km Beach Run – SLSWA Endurance Championships
- Jacob McCarron
- Ruby Moogan
- Phoebe Higgins
Woodside Nippers State Qualifiers
- Julia Liitiainen
- Lexie Bower
- Cruz Liosel
- Jack Wicks
- Jayden Knoetze
- Milly Reynolds
- Ruby-Rose Goddard
- Kaleb Knoetze
Surf Sports Awards
Female Woodside Nipper Sportsperson of the year: Ruby-Rose Goddard
Male Woodside Nipper Sportsperson of the year: Kaleb Knoetze
Female Club Champion: Milly Reynolds
Male Club Champion: William Liitiainen
Well done to all our winners!