As we wrap up the 2019/2020 season in the most unprecedented of circumstances, we have time to reflect on what has been a difficult season in many ways. We have battled the elements with difficult surf and weather conditions in the first half of the season, followed by air so thick with bushfire smoke our Nippers were unable to hit the beach. Then came numerous carnival cancellations due to poor surf and weather forecasts, followed by a lockdown that has seen our beach closed for the first time in recent history.
It has been an uphill battle for more weeks than not but despite all of that we have managed to have just as many highs as we had lows. Some of the highs included:
- Over 400 Nippers received their Surf Education Award
- 32 Under 14s passed their Surf Rescue Certificate
- Over 50 parents and carers become engaged in our programme through courses and awards
- We had visits from the Roosters and some VIPs from Surf Life Saving
- We had visits from North Wollongong and Clovelly Nippers
- We hosted a fantastic Waverley Shield Carnival at Bondi
- We held a number of holiday training camps
- A record number of Nippers entered and competed at the NSW State Age Championships
- Krishna won double GOLD at the NSW State Age Championships for the Under 9 flags and beach sprints
- Our Captains, Rory Davey and Jasmine Ruffa made it to the finals for the Sydney Branch Junior Lifesaver of the Year Award
- Rory Davey won the Sydney Branch Junior Lifesaver of the Year Award, an award we have now won two years running,
- 16 selected Under 11s and Under 13s Nippers attended the infamous Development Camps and built on their Junior Lifesavers skills
- We introduced a fantastic inclusion program to run alongside our Nippers Sunday session. The Dippers Program started as a wonderful way for our Nipper program to extend to children who have some form of special needs
- And we had a great time on the beach each Sunday in the Nippers events and competitions building Junior Lifesavers in Training
Overall 2019/2020 will certainly go down in history as a memorable season for some extraordinary reasons, but the ability for us to achieve what we have considering these circumstances is something we can all be proud of.
Plans are underway for an “online” annual presentation in May, the first of its kind at Bondi Nippers, so keep your eye on Team App for updates.
The 2020/2021 season is already in the planning stages and we look forward to getting back on the beach, in the water and connecting with our Nippers community. We, no doubt, will appreciate it more than ever once we get back to some semblance of our normal lives.
Take care and be safe while you stay home! Check in on each other and stay connected however you can! – The Nippers Team