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This Sunday is our last nippers for 2018 and Santa plans to visit us in celebration! Santa will arrive around 9am with icy poles and Chupa Chups for all nippers. There will also be an ice-cream van in the park providing free samples - it promises to be a very sweet end to the year!

Nippers will resume on Sunday 20 January. We wish you all a terrific holiday.



Normal nippers resumes this weekend. The following age groups are on BBQ duty:
U6 Boys:8am-9.45am
U14s: 9.45am-11am


Congratulations this week go to our group of 50+ nippers who attended the Ohana Surf Classic at Elouera SLSC on Saturday! It was a terrific morning. Many thanks to all the officials, water safety and parents who helped out. Here are a few of the great results achieved:

All age: silver cameron relay; bronze beach relay; 6th board relay
U9 boys: gold individual sprint: Evan Rowbotham; gold beach relay: Evan Rowbotham, Geoffrey Gibbons, Felix Turnbull and Eddie
U10 boys: gold surf team: Flynn Visch, Harrison Nixon, Joe Hatton, Henry Baxter; silver individual swim: Flynn Visch; silver cameron relay: Flynn Visch, Joe Hatton, Harrison Nixon, Aston Lake; silver board relay: Flynn Visch, Harrison Nixon, Joe Hatton
U11 boys: gold board rescue: Will Bull, Ethan Marten-Coney; silver individual swim: Ethan Marten-Coney; bronze individual swim: Will Bull; silver surf team
U12 boys: gold board relay: Charlie Hatton, Alexander Doble, Edan Angus
U13 girls: gold individual swim: Leila Gaston; gold board relay: Leila Gaston, Lily Skeete, Chloe Braun; silver surf team: Leila Gaston, Lily Skeete, Chloe Braun, Lucia Lefebvre
U13 boys: gold surf team: Mitchell Gavin, James Boyle, Charlie Ashton, Gaston Aidoud; silver individual swim: Mitchell Gavin; bronze board rescue: Mitchell Gavin, Callum Penny


STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS, Swansea 1-3 March 2019. Book accommodation asap

Nipper State Championships will take place at Swansea Belmont SLSC again next year from 1-3 March. There will be much information in the lead up. However as the event attracts thousands of Nippers, we strongly suggest you book your accommodation nearby as soon as possible. Note that a large Bronte contingent will stay at the Apollo International Hotel in Charlestown and there will be a group dinner there on the Saturday evening. If you plan to stay at the Apollo, please request the discounted rate available for Bronte Nippers.

For those new to Nippers or new to competing, State Championships is open to all U9-U14 Nippers and with the exception of a couple of events, no pre-qualifying is required. That said, State Championships is highly competitive and we encourage only those who train regularly to attend. It's a fantastic long weekend - please consider joining the relevant Bronte training squads if your Nipper is interested.



There are a number of nipper carnivals coming up:
Wanda One Carnival at Wanda, Saturday 19 January
Manly Nipper Nats atManly, Sunday 20 January
Australia Day Ironperson at North Cronulla, Saturday 26 January
Branch Nipper Carnival at Maroubra, Sunday 9 February

We expect a large Bronte contingent at all of these carnivals and we strongly encourage those intending to compete at State to sign up for Wanda and Manly. A full weekend of carnivals will provide excellent practice for State. The Branch carnival will replace normal nippers for U9-U14 on 9 February and all are encouraged to compete. Please let Victoria in the office know as soon as you can if you wish to attend: See flyers for each carnival here:

As always, if your nipper would like to participate, be prepared to volunteer as water safety or as an official. Quotas apply for each.



We'd love to see you at any of the informal Club gatherings and activities throughout the week:
Sunday Sips, 4pm each Sunday upstairs
Sunday afternoon running group at 4.15pm (run to Bondi and back)
Group board paddle for qualified bronze medallion holders on Sunday afternoons at 4.15pm and on either Tuesday or Thursday mornings at 6am
Wednesday morning group swim at 6am outside North Bondi SLSC
Pilates with Harries on Tuesday evenings at 7pm and Thursday mornings at 6am ($10 cash)


An intensive holiday nipper camp provides a great introduction to ocean skills for the younger and newer kids, and consolidates and builds on the experience of our more advanced nippers. We have a camp for everyone this holiday! Please see details below.

Jo Mermaid Nipper Camps: for beginners to intermediate, we highly recommend Jo Mermaid's nipper camps which she runs throughout the holidays. Please see here for details:
Bronte nippers holiday camp for U9-U14Thursday 20 December and Friday 21 December, 9am-12noon with Wally Eggleton and Troy Quinlan at Bronte. $30 per day. Please see further details and link to RSVP under 'events' on TeamApp.


Nipper training continues this week:

Sand training: with Jordan Williams at Bronte - Thursdays 4.15pm-5.30pm. The last session will be this Thursday 13 December and training will resume on Thursday 24 January.
Beginner boards for U9 and up: with Jo Mermaid at Bondi - Tuesdays 4.25pm-5.30pm and Fridays 4.25pm-5.30pm. Beginners boards finishes on Friday 14 December and resumes on Tuesday 29 January.
Development squad boards: with Scott Doble - Tuesdays 4.25pm-5.30pm at Bondi; Saturdays 1.30pm-2.30pm at Bronte. Note there is no development squad on Tuesday 18 December and the squad will take a 2 week break over Christmas. The last session will be on Saturday 22 December at Bronte and sessions resume on Tuesday 8 January.
Competition squad boards: with Jason Gavin - Mondays 4.30pm-5.30pm at Bondi; Tuesdays 4.30pm-5.30pm at Bronte; Thursdays 5.30am-6.45am at Coogee; Saturdays 1.30pm-2.30pm at Bronte. Participation in this squad is at the discretion of Jason Gavin. The competition squad will break for 2 weeks over Christmas. The last session will be on Saturday 22 December and training resumes on Monday 7 January.
Surf swim skills U9 - U15 with Wally Eggleton at Bronte- Thursday 4pm-5pm. This session is for competent swimmers.
Advanced surf swim skills U10-U15:with Quinn Darragh - Sunday 3pm at Bronte. This is for intermediate to advanced competitors.
Friday fitness for girls U12-U14: with Gabi Betts - Fridays 6am-7am at Bronte. Training has finished for the year and will resume on Friday 1 February.



Fees are now due for board and sand training:

-development and competition board squads + sand: $200 
-beginner boards + sand training: $150 
-sand training: $100

Training fees are payable via the 'Payment Gateway' on the Bronte SLSC website. Please use the following:
Transaction Type: Other (from drop down list)
Description: nipper training for [full name of nipper]
Amount: see above