The Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club Nippers’ March Past Team has recently received a gold award at the 2019 State Surf Lifesaving Championships, along with a nomination for the Team of Excellence category at the 2019 Local Sports Stars Awards.
Marching Their Way To The Top
This year’s championship event happened at the Blacksmiths Beach from 23 February 2019 until 10 March 2019. Throughout the course of the event, more than 6000 competitors came in and fought their way into the top of the different categories lined up at the competition.
One of the eager teams present at the oldest surf lifesaving sport competition is the Maroubra Nippers. The team is made up of 12 girls whose age ranges from 8 to 14. But despite the young age, these girls were very disciplined and determined in performing their best at the competition.
The Maroubra Nippers March Past Team has been marching together for the past four years. And as part of their preparation for the state championship, the Maroubra Nippers have been receiving rigorous training from their coach Brian Purdon and assistant coach Farah Messina.
As a comeback from their loss at last year’s championship event, the Maroubra Nippers marched their way to the top of the sport as they received gold at both Sydney branch level and overall 2019 State Surf Lifesaving Championship. This was by far Maroubra Nippers’ highest received award.
It was a remarkable win for the group when they received gold at the 2019 State Surf Lifesaving Championship given that a team member had to be pulled out from the group a few minutes before marching due to an illness. Fortunately, the team was able to fill in the missing spot with a dedicated reserve.
With the camaraderie, dedication, and passion of all members and coaches, the Maroubra Nippers was able to make history. And to top off their gold award from the competition, the team was also nominated at the 2019 Local Sports Stars Awards for the Team Excellence category.