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BBSSSA Surf Life Saving Carnival
On 24 November the College participated in the annual Broken Bay Diocese Surf Life Saving Carnival, held at Terrigal Beach. It was a beautiful late spring day, with a gentle 1-2 feet of swell for the water competitors, but there was limited beach space due to recent king tides for the beach competitors. This created a small operational and timetable change for the day, these changes did not affect the boys’ confidence, nor their individual mindset for each of the events.

The carnival consisted of the beach events of sprints, flags and relays, while the water events were board, ski, swim, Taplin, iron man and relay. The depth of talent was demonstrated by the College fielding multiple competitors in each event, with the boys successfully dominating most events, especially the team relays and Taplin.

Without recognising every individual achievement in each event, it would be remiss not to note the Blue Ribbon event of the Ironman. This event saw the boys complete legs of swimming, board paddling and ski, with a run along soft sand between each leg. The gruelling event saw 3 competitors: Ashton Walter, Cashar Darwin and Keenan White complete the event, with Cashar leading the race by a small margin coming onto the beach from the final water leg. With only the soft sand run left, the distance between them was only a few metres. However, Cashar seemed to have put all his energy into the water legs, while Ashton had some fuel left in the tank, overtaking Cashar with only 20m left of the run to take out this prestigious event.

Keenan White and Noah Nakagawa were exemplary senior leaders on the day, being a vocal cheer squad and positively encouraging each competitor to do their best. On top of this, both boys competed across several disciplines and achieved fantastic results themselves. All boys should be extremely proud of the manner in which they both competed and represented the College, with the team taking out the Overall Boys School Champion Trophy.