YOUNG GUN: Josh Jones, 12-year-old Cudgen Surf Lifesaving Club nippers star.
YOUNG GUN: Josh Jones, 12-year-old Cudgen Surf Lifesaving Club nippers star.

Nipper dives into victory

TWELVE-year-old Kingscliff resident Josh Jones has returned from the New South Wales Life Saving Titles with a bag full of medals while representing Cudgen Surf Life Saving Club.

He joined the Nippers at Cudgen at six and started competing at seven-years-old.

Starting early appears to have put young Josh in a prime position to go on to success in the senior ranks.

After winning gold in the under 13s board, swim and ironman at Mollymook a few weeks back, it is a tough task deciding which his favourite event is.

"Ummm, I think I like board the best so far," he said.

Not bad on his feet either, Josh took out the Sprint Relay finals as well with four other competitors from Cudgen.

He says Nippers had been a great way to meet mates and have fun.

He tends to be on the beach a lot, with his dad, Darren, heavily involved at the club.

"Mates I have met at Nippers are starting high school with me at Mt St Patrick's so it is good knowing a few people going into Year 8."

He started Year 8 this week at Mt St Patrick's College in Murwillumbah, but was not that keen on the holidays being over.

"I wish the holidays wouldn't end, that's for sure," he said.

Josh says he looks forward to continuing through the junior age divisions and one day having a crack at the National Ironman Series.

"I have always been at Cudgen and definitely want to stay there into the senior ranks," he said.

"I can't do the ski until under 17s, I don't think, so that will be cool."

He prides himself on being able to beat his dad in the surf, an accomplished competitor himself.

"I think I've already got dad covered, so he has no hope," Josh said with a cheeky tone in his voice.



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