Carnivals are great fun! They are a chance to pit your skills against athletes in the same age group from a number of other Canterbury clubs in a range of beach, water, team and individual events. They also allow the children to experience conditions at different beaches and to meet up with friends in other clubs. We strongly recommend Juniors try at least one carnival in the season. Junior members must be in the U8-U14 categories to compete in carnivals.
There is no cost to families for children entering local, regional or national carnivals as entry fees are covered by the Club. For carnivals outside of the Christchurch area, travel, food and accommodation costs are met by the family, although fundraising events throughout the season allow us to keep these costs to be kept to a minimum.
When traveling out of town for carnivals, we try and stay together as a team, either camping or in large shared accommodation. This is a great experience for the children and lots of fun for the adults as well.
Compulsory uniform for carnivals is: YELLOW hi-vis vest, club beanie, wetsuit, plain black or Taylors Mistake togs
Junior members of Taylors Mistake Surf Life Saving Club will participate in the following carnivals in the 2021/22 season:
The season starts with two interclub ‘have a go’ carnivals, one in December and one in January. A range of different events including beach flags, beach sprints, board races, run-wade-run / run-swim-run races, diamond events, tube rescue and various team events may be offered with the emphasis on participation and fun. These are a great introduction to the competitive side of surf lifesaving.
These carnivals attract a large number of competitors from clubs all over South Island. A wide range of events are contested over two days, and there may be heats and semifinals to qualify for depending on the number of participants. Athletes compete for individual medals as well as trophies awarded to the club with the highest number of points.
During February, there is a local ‘Twilight Series’ held at Taylors Mistake. These Tuesday evening competitions are designed to provide additional training and racing experience for U11 to U14 athletes who are traveling up to Mt Maunganui for ‘Oceans’. They are attended by a number of Canterbury surf life saving clubs.
This is the Big One – A national carnival for junior surf competitors aged 10-14 years (U11, U12, U13, U14). Please register your interest with the Junior Surf Co-ordinators early in the season if you wish your child to be considered for this event. The selection of the team for Oceans will take place in December / January and will be based on competence as well as attitude. Athletes attending this event will be expected to:
More details for each event will be sent out nearer the time.
At carnivals, parent help is essential for ensuring that the day runs smoothly for the whole team. Some of the ways you can help are:
Shout out for officials: We always need more parents trained as ‘officials’ who can help oversee events at carnivals – please get in touch if you are interested in attending this short course run by SLSNZ.
As you can appreciate, carnival days are busy but a lot of fun and there are only a small number of them each season. So once again, please step up and help out – the day runs more smoothly for everyone if we all pitch in together. And don’t panic! We will brief parents about what help is needed on the day.