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Nippers

09 August 2017

Premieres Wednesday 06 September at 4.30pm on ABC ME.

 

Every weekend in summer, like thousands of other kids around Australia, the Nippers hit the surf and sand, training to be the lifesavers of the future. Just south of the Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach, meet the South Maroubra Nippers as they run, swim, paddle and rescue, all while battling nature, facing their fears and pushing themselves beyond their comfort zone. The Nippers are a diverse group of girls and boys all with vastly different characters, skills, interests and family backgrounds. But each week they come together at the South Maroubra beach with their mates being active, skilling-up, having a go, competing and being part of a community. Each has a different story to tell; there’s eleven-year-old Omar, recently arrived from Egypt and determined to master South Maroubra’s big waves or nine-year-old Milla who’s passion is hitting the waves on her magical green board ‘Limey’. Ten-year-old Chanelle just wants her family to stop treating her like a baby, and yet for daredevil Tyler being the smallest in his age group is not holding him back. And who can ignore the dreadlocked sprint sensation Malikye who, with his sights firmly set on Olympic glory, is chasing gold in all Nippers events this season. Each episode follows the stories of three main characters, both on the beach – nail-biting races and dangerous rescues – and at home – sibling rivalries and parental pressure. Wrestling unfamiliar feelings, facing conflict, celebrating unwanted success and dealing with setbacks, there are many challenges to overcome. Some of the Nippers will step up, others will face setbacks, but the beach can be exciting, unpredictable and sometimes a little bit scary, just like growing up. The series structure is shaped by the Nippers’ weekly calendar. From the opening day of the season, through to regular Nippers sessions, competition training, skills camps and inter-club carnival, the episodes steer a course towards the physical and emotional challenges of the end of season State Carnival. This 13-part series is a vibrant, colourful collage of action, excitement and challenges driven by the emotional experiences of the Nippers, along with their friends, competitors, parents and lifesavers.