Youngsters make splash at fiesta

ABOUT 300 young lifesavers made a splash in the surf at Port Sorell yesterday.

Nippers aged eight to 14 from 10 surf clubs across the state participated in round 2 of the junior carnival series - battling very ordinary conditions.

Port Sorell Surf Life Saving Club president Jo-Anne Coates said the wind and the ocean current proved demanding.

Children took part in a two-kilometre run, beach sprints, relays, flag events, swimming and water boards.

``It has been a challenging day for water safety,'' she said.

``The children get a lot of camaraderie and enjoy catching up with kids from other clubs on a fairly regular basis - they make mates for life.

``All the children have to fulfil some surf awareness programs, which includes basic skills and first aid before they are able to compete.''

Young lifesavers hit the water running at the start of the boys under-13 board race at the Port Sorell Surf Fiesta yesterday.  Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

Young lifesavers hit the water running at the start of the boys under-13 board race at the Port Sorell Surf Fiesta yesterday. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON