On Tuesday 16th March, the High School Surf League kicked off at Kingtson Beach. Amazingly, even after unfortunately cancelling the 2020 event due to COVID-19, registrations this year were exactly the same as the recorded participation at the 2019 event. 255 grade 7 to 10s entered state wide.
Second stop was the North West Coast on Thursday 18th, with over 100 students participating at Preservation Bay in Penguin. The popular Surf Life Saving Tasmania facilitated High School Surf League event was hosted by SLSA Club of the Year, Penguin Surf Life Saving Club for a third year in a row.
This incredibly successful program aimed for high school students has been running for a number of years, growing in popularity and evolving to include a number of new events that further complement the exciting competition program.
“The High School Surf League is all about inclusivity, participation and fun. Ultimately, the program is designed to introduce students to surf life saving skills and competition in a challenging format, enabling students to put their abilities to the test against the surf environment and students from other local schools.
The High School Surf League encompasses activities relating to ocean swimming, beach sprints and flags, board paddling and surf rescue disciplines.” said Leanne Johannesen, Training and Community Programs Manager.
This year’s program saw 12 schools state wide participating. There is some purposeful sophistication applied to the scoring to ensure a level playing field is had as teams with surf club members have two points per student deducted off their overall score. This is pretty significant at the northern event as we see many ‘clubbies’ taking part. We also encourage participation of single sex schools, which is more relevant in the south, so emphasis is not given to the Overall point score but top 3 boys and top 3 girls teams. The crown for top scoring team this year was shared between two female teams; Mackillop College (Team 1) and Marist Regional College (Team A).
For further information contact:
Leanne Johannesen | Training & Community Programs Manager
M: 0447 287 847