Meet the Nippers competing at the 2019 Junior State Championships

Meet Maximilian Piccinelli from Altona LSC. He likes to be called Maxi and loves competing in boards at carnivals. Maxi has competed in six carnivals over the past two years and can’t wait to get down to Lorne SLSC this weekend to compete again. He is over the moon that he qualified for the Junior State Championships, hoping he does well in boards again. Maxi’s coach, Paul, has instilled belief into his team, ensuring they have the self-belief to do their absolute best over the weekend. Maxi has also taken on board some other advice from his coach – not to eat too much sugar in the lead up to the weekend – but it’s incredibly difficult to abstain from sugar when Maxi’s sister is making her own delicious lollies!

Maxi signs out with this: “I love being out in the water and catching big waves. I trained very hard this season and mum and dad are very proud of me.  I hope everyone will have fun at States. I will have fun with my friends. Go Team Altona!”

I love the friendships that I have made and I look forward to catching up with friends from other clubs each summer. – Maddie, Williamstown S&LSC

Meet Mackenzie Hunter from Portsea SLSC. She prefers to be known as Mackie and has been competing since under 9’s. She has been to 20 carnivals in her nipper career so far, and even made the incredible effort to head up to Sydney last year for the Nipper Nationals. Mackie loves the thought of the sausage sizzle as a treat after her events, but especially can’t wait for AquaCam, board rescue and Swim Team. Mackie has made every effort possible to take care of herself in the lead-up to the State Champs this weekend in Lorne, and even remembers the very important message from her mother – “My mum is always telling me to stay healthy and to wrap myself in cotton wool before the State Champs. No silly accidents.” We can’t disagree with that Mackie! She secretly hopes the surf is big and rough, as that’s when the ‘winner’ mindset kicks in and she does her best!

I encourage other nippers to keep competing. – Millie, Half Moon Bay SLSC

Meet Campbell Asher from Ocean Grove SLSC. He has been competing at carnivals since he was in under 8’s, totalling more than 30 over the years. He has been to Manly, NSW three times to compete in Nipper Nationals over the past few years and trains very hard to get there! Despite training hard, he was always astounded with how much nippers actually train to prepare for their carnivals. With preparations for this weekend having been on the increase over the past few months, Campbell hopes for great surf and competition on both days. He’s most excited about the Board race on the weekend, knowing he’s prepared well and ready to go! Campbell says he will get a lot of sleep leading up to the carnival, and knows how important his training and healthy food habits will be as he hits the sand this weekend!

I love being out in the water and catching big waves. I hope everyone will have fun at States! – Maxi, Altona LSC

Meet Maddie Burton from Williamstown S&LSC. Maddie is absolutely focused on just doing her best, no matter whether it results in a medal. A true motto we should all live by, Maddie! She hopes to do well in the Boards, as she is incredibly excited about all three events. Maddie has competed in many carnivals over the years, after beginning her nippers campaign in under 8’s. She can’t wait to do the March Past again this year as she prepares for a big effort and pushes herself in her events so she can get closer to completing her SRC next year. Maddie also loves the social side of the carnivals, as she gets to catch-up with her friends from many of the other clubs.

Maddie signs off with this: “I love learning new skills and pushing myself to try and do better each time. I love the friendships that I have made and I look forward to catching up with friends from other clubs each summer.”

My mum is always telling me to stay healthy and to wrap myself in cotton wool before the State Champs. No silly accidents. – Mackie, Portsea SLSC

Meet Amelia Francis from Half Moon Bay SLSC. She likes to be known as Millie and has been competing in carnivals for 10 years! This will be her sixth year competing in Junior carnivals and she is always surprised at how many people you become friends with through these carnivals. Millie can’t wait to catch-up with her friends from other clubs over the weekend at the Junior State Champs, and knows those friendships will last for many years to come. She is most keen to get into gear and compete in the Individual Boards and Board Rescue events, but also can’t wait to cheer on her club and friends across the board. Millie knows the best preparation for a carnival is to eat and drink lots on the day and to listen to her Age Manager – who also happens to be her own mother! Millie loves the competitive side of carnivals, but also how crucial it is to be a good sportsperson and to compete with a smile.

Her friendships are a big part of her nippers career, and help her to do her best with the support of her friends behind her. She says, “the experience I have had with my team mates and other nippers will last for years. I encourage other nippers to keep competing.” A testament to the nipper she is!


Good luck to all nippers this weekend competing in the Junior State Championships at Lorne SLSC! Keep up to date with all news and events on our socials over the weekend.

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