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.''

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