New kneeboards for Omanu nippers

Lukas Bryant, Mackenzie Bryant, Leilani Horan, and Annie Innes. Photo: Bruce Barnard.

Young nippers at Omanu Beach Surf Life Saving Club are hitting the water better equipped this summer with the delivery of $8000 worth of kneeboards from Legacy Trust.

The club’s director of junior surf Simon Bryant says a donation from the trust was used to purchase 16 new foam kneeboards – six foot six inch boards for the eight and nine-year-olds and eight foot 10 inch boards for the 10 and 11-year-olds.

“Young surf lifesavers need to learn to catch waves safely and without hurting themselves and these soft boards are great for this before they transition into fibreglass boards,” says Simon.

The club has 400 children in the five to 14-year-old age group. The new boards will cater for a growth in numbers, and will replace old boards.

“We only had two of the six foot six boards and now we have 10. Our eight and nine-year-olds are now much better catered for. And they’ve arrived in time for summer and carnivals, which our nippers can race in once they turn eight.

“We are absolutely rapt with the funding from Legacy. None of this would have been possible otherwise. It has certainly put smiles on a lot of little faces.”

All profits from Legacy Funerals go to Legacy Trust to then be distributed back into the community, and Bay of Plenty Surf Life Saving clubs are often recipients.

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