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The Yorke's Junior Surf Club is
presenting the inaugural Berry
Bay Surf Jam this weekend,
November 10 and 11.
This competition for junior
surfers will attract surfing talent
from around South Australia,
including the current U16 and
U18 girls and boys state champi-
Yorke's Junior Surf Club presi-
dent Brian "Squizzy" Taylor said
the club is excited about hosting
such a great event to promote
"This event helps young local
surfers open up a new world of
challenging the ocean and them-
selves," he said.
U14, U16 and U18 girls and
boys, including many local
surfers, will compete during the
weekend, putting their array of
skills and experience to the test.
The event is supported by the
District Council of Yorke
Peninsula through a community
With a large pool of prizes
donated by the surf industry, all
competitors will receive some
reward for their efforts.
A white-water section in the
contest, for U10 to U14 girls and
boys, will help young talent to
develop and test the waters of
competitive surfing performance.
"The Surf Jam provides a won-
derful opportunity to see South
Australia's junior surfing talent on
one of Yorke Peninsula's finest surf
beaches," Squizzy said.
"We hope to see a lot of people
coming along to support this
unique sporting event."
A presentation will be held at
the Yorke's Junior Surf Club
rooms in Corny Point on Sunday.
Surf's up for Berry Bay Surf Jam
CATCHING A WAVE... Young surfers,
like Yorke's Junior Surf Club member
Bill Taheny, will take to the surf this
weekend at the inaugural Berry Bay
Annaliese Nipperess, of Port
Wakefield, received the news of her
life last week when she was notified
she had been selected into the
Australian team to compete at the
2012 International Classique in South
Africa from November 17-19.
Annaliese, 14, has never been over-
seas before, in fact, the furthest she
has travelled is to Toowoomba for the
interschool nationals last month.
Representing SA, Annaliese fin-
ished seventh overall but, more
importantly, piqued the interest of the
national jumping selectors who
insisted she apply for the team to
compete in South Africa.
Annaliese was one of just four rid-
ers nationwide notified they had
made the team last Tuesday.
"I was really excited and I was so
pumped when I saw the letter, I even
cried," Annaliese said.
"It's really amazing; I never thought
I would be picked for anything
Annaliese will be competing in the
1.10m to 1.20m showjumping on a
"It's definitely going to be a chal-
lenge for me when I get there and
when I ride," Annaliese said.
"It's going to be really hot and I
don't know how long I will get to
practice before we compete."
With the short notice of her selec-
tion, Annaliese is grateful to those
who have rallied around her and the
support from her family.
"My dad Mark has helped me a lot
and my family and friends have
supported me with all of my events,"
"I'd like to say thank you to
Michelle Clark and Anthony Thomas
for coaching me and also to Megan
Jones for asking people to donate
money to help me get to South
After the International Classique,
Annaliese hopes to get an exemption
to compete in the Youth Olympics in
Japan in 2014.
And, after being inspired by com-
petitors in the 2012 London
Olympics, her ultimate goal is to also
compete at Olympic level.
KADINA SHOW... Annaliese Nipperess in action at the Kadina Show.
Annaliese jumping for joy
over international selection
You can't wipe the smile
from Louise McIntosh's face
after she returned home from
the Canoe Polo World
Championships with a
The Australian team stuck
to its game plan to defeat
New Zealand for a spot on
It's the first time in 12 years
an Australian team has won a
medal in the sport at this
level, with the women only
missing a place in the grand
final by a single goal.
It is a great result for the
squad which has trained
together for the past six years.
The win will finally answer
the questions posed by Tiddy
Widdy and Bluff Beach locals
who may have been wonder-
ing what Louise was doing
out on the water in her little
boat every morning.
"Yes, I had to be a little bit
creative with training during
the weeks leading up to the
championships as I worked
on different drills and ball
manoeuvring in the open
ocean as opposed to a pool,"
"I even used the odd jetty
post to practice pivot point
"Luckily I've also been able
to call on my brother Dean,
who lives at Minlaton, as a
Most weekends, Louise
would load up her kayak and
head to Adelaide for at least
four training sessions at
Mawson Lakes, the State
Aquatic Centre or Marion
pool, with extra team camps
once a month.
While canoe polo is cur-
rently the biggest growing
kayaking discipline in the
world, and on the list for
potential inclusion in the
Olympics, it's not a sport too
many people are familiar
"Really it's a combination
of water polo and canoeing,
with rules very similar to bas-
ketball, only in custom-made
boats," Louise explained.
"Games are played in two
10-minute halves and it's
"We are kayaking like
there's no tomorrow!
"It isn't an easy sport to
pick up but persistence pays
off, and I've had the advan-
tage of watching it since I was
8 with my brothers having
"At 14, I had the opportu-
nity to take it up through the
outdoor education program
at Blackfriars, and I grew to
love it and have been playing
"The sport has given me
the opportunity to travel and
I spent time in Europe on a
development tour early on in
my career, and of course I've
been able to work with some
very good coaches."
Eighteen countries com-
peted in the women's division
at this year's world champi-
onships held in Poznan,
Poland, with the Australians
ranked fifth going into the
"In the four weeks leading
up to the competition, and
with the sport heavily funded
in Europe, we were hosted by
the French Government for a
week at their training facili-
ties," Louise said.
"We also competed in two
lead-up tournaments in
Belgium, coming second in
both which was a great
Poland was Louise's third
world championships and
she's currently enjoying a rest
from the rigours of training.
Although for someone
who loves being out on the
water and the sport as much
as she does, there's every
chance she'll have her canoe
back in the water for next
Championships in New
Zealand and the World
Games in South America.
IN ACTION... Louise McIntosh "kayaking like there's no tomorrow"
during the Australian women's match against the USA at the world
PHOTO: Andreas Koberle
Louise paddling to
success in canoe polo
MEDAL WINNER... Louise McIntosh, of Tiddy
Widdy Beach, was a member of the Australian
women's canoe polo team which came home
from the 2012 world championships in Poznan,
Poland, with a bronze medal.
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