Nippers Competition


Newport Nippers Junior Activities Booklet [pdf]

Our Nippers compete both on the beach and in the water, with the support of our amazing coaches, water safety and officials (all parents of the competition group).

Our Carnival Info and Policy provides further info for parents of competitors, including details of proficiency requirements.  All competitors and their parents are required to abide by this document as a condition of entry to Nipper carnivals.

Carnival Entries

Entries can be done on this website directly by clicking   Carnival entry

2016-17 Water Training Programme

We are excited to announce that our already strong training programme will be supplemented this season with support from two new coaches from the Academy.  Our principles are about inclusion, and providing the training opportunities to help all our nippers, new and old, to achieve to their potential.  If your kids are new to competition, we’d love to meet you and introduce you to our program    Read more

Water Training Schedule

We are now able to provide training opportunities on 4 weekdays per week, with additional training opportunities on weekends.  The expanded program is to provide families with more flexibility and to help kids fit their training around their swim squad commitments – we do not expect kids to come to each training session on offer.   There are opportunities in our program for every Nipper, no matter what your ability.

Water Training started on 9 August.  Don’t worry if you’ve missed it so far.  We want to get all interested kids involved, so please turn up at the next scheduled session for your child if interested in joining our Competition Training Team.  There’ll be plenty of others just like you.

Click on the link for our weekly training schedule   Water Training Schedule

Beach Training


Supporting the Programme

Parental support is required to make this programme succeed.  We ask that at least one parent in every competition family lend us regular support at carnivals and training.  You do not need to be Bronze qualified to help (only required if doing water safety).  Parents without their Bronze can do their Level 1 Officials Course.  11 Newport nipper parents have attended the Level 1 Officials course held in July and August 2016, and will be ready to supplement our ranks for the 2016-17 season – but we need more.  Duties will be rostered for the 2016-17 season.

Upcoming Courses

  • The Next Bronze Course commences 2017 (Thursdays and Sundays with Assessment on 2017)

Contact Matt Halakas on the email address below if you are able to do this course. Remember we ask one parent from each competition family to be either an Official or to be Bronze qualified, not both.  Being an official does not require you to get wet or acquire any water skills.

Matt Halakas  [email protected]

Draft Carnival Timetable for 2016-17

A draft of the carnival timetable for this season can be found here.  Please note this is a live document and is still being updated by SNB Branch.

Further Resources

We use TeamApp to communicate with our Competition Group.  This is an excellent ‘real time’ resource containing details of upcoming carnivals, competition news, results, photos and copies of key documents.  Please download the app and request access to the ‘Newport Jnr Competition Team’ via the App.  If you already have access, you can also see an online version here.

Questions and Queries

Any questions relating to competition should be directed to our Competition Development Manager.

Brad Bartlem | email: [email protected]

Competition Management Team

The following volunteers make up our Nippers Competition Management Team:
Brad Bartlem

This team act with the backing of The Nipper Committee in the decision making and running of our Nipper Competition Team. Any requests or decisions made by the above members are backed by the Nipper Committee.

If you have any questions regarding carnivals and competition please contact one of the above volunteers or email Matt Halakas at [email protected]

Please remember that carnivals can only run with the support of parents and guardians of our Nippers. If you would like your child to compete for Newport then your continued assistance with water safety, officiating and gear transport is needed.

Click here to go to the main Nippers page.