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Skills, fitness, nutrition and motivation

GIRLS from around the state packed Clifton Beach in February to participate in a series of sessions centred around skills, fitness, nutrition and motivation in surf sports.

The Hydrothon All-Female Surf Sports Clinic inspires girls aged from nine to 15 to stay active in surf sports.

The clinic saw well-known ironwomen Naomi Scott and Lizzie Welborn come down to mentor the young participants.

“It was great for the girls to see girls not much older than themselves who have succeeded in making it to the top level and hearing about how they got there and what they did to achieve this,” Clifton Beach Surf Life Saving Club development officer Anthony Chapman said.

“Both Naomi and Lizzie were really approachable and more than happy to engage with all the girls.”

Mr Chapman said he hoped the event would encourage the girls to continue in surf sports.

“I hope they not only learnt some things which will help them succeed in the sport, but also saw that there is a clear pathway to higher levels, that continuing with sport is so important throughout the teenage years and as adults,” he said.

Mr Chapman’s daughter, Maya, aged 13, participated in the clinic and said it was a great experience.

“I gained a good insight into what it takes to be a professional ironwoman – all the stuff they have to do and how much training they put in,” she said.

“I really enjoyed learning about healthy eating and new skills in the water.”

Mr Chapman said the event was rated highly by the participants due to the dedication and efforts of the members at Clifton Beach Surf Life Saving Club.

“The day was originally set up through one of members, Craig Sly, who contacted the Hydrothon people and suggested Clifton was the best place to have it,” he said.

“They had been looking to come down to Tassie to run a clinic and all the stars aligned.

“Our female members provided the water safety and they used our clubrooms for their indoor sessions.

“We also ran the canteen during the day and provided dinner for those who stayed around.”

Caption: Girls from around the state flocked to Clifton Beach to participate in an all-female clinic aimed to inspire girls to stay active in surf sports.