Are you Up For A Warrior Challenge?

Young Nippers looking to follow in their Ironman heroes’ footsteps have lots of chances to compete in the Medibank Wave Warriors Junior Challenge – a national series designed for youngsters to have fun on the beach and in the surf while also putting their lifesaving skills to the test.

Now in its fifth year, the competition, co-founded by champion Ironman Zane Holmes, will be fought out across seven locations, including three NSW beaches this summer.

Wanda (10 October), Swansea-Belmont (8 November), and Newport (30 January) will all host a round of the Wave Warriors competition with entrants aged from U9-15 taking a shot at glory. The format mirrors the professional Ironman series, where Zane found his success and now hopes to promote development for junior lifesavers in this iconic Aussie sport.

The Wave Warriors Junior Challenge has events across all surf sports disciplines with individual events such as beach sprint, beach flags, surf race, board race and iron person as well as team events including the new Movers relay.

A new community initiative for this season is the Medibank Ocean Swim Run which is open to everyone from 6 years to 60+, not just lifesavers and involves a 200 metre swim and a 2km run.

“The Ocean Swim Run means even more people can be involved in this great sport,” said Zane Holmes.

“My goal was to create a unique ocean and beach spectacular for Nippers so they can come together from around Australia to participate in an exciting competition,” he said.

It is hoped that the fun format of this series will encourage the youngsters to stay involved and to become volunteer surf lifesavers in the future.

For more information about Wave Warriors event dates and registration please visit the official Wave Warriors Website.

Fri 18 Sep 2015