Surfs up! Jack Cooper introduces us to Nippers, his favourite thing to do in Hong Kong.
Introduce yourself to us…
My name’s Jack Cooper, I’m seven years old and I go to Hong Kong International School.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love Nippers, swimming and making paper aeroplanes.
So tell us a bit about Nippers…
It’s a fun, surf life saving group that meets at the Victoria Recreation Club on Deepwater Bay Beach at 8am each Sunday morning. We do beach and water-based games and races.
How long have you been a Nipper?
I started two years ago, so I’m into my third season this summer.
What sort of things do you learn?
We do station exercises, which includes swim-run-swim, paddle boards, another run, flags a long swim and beach safety.
What are your favourite bits?
I love everything really, but I think most of all I enjoy the paddle boards, long swim and the long run.
What are the challenges?
The Nippers organisers have a sausage sizzle at the end of every Sunday morning session. My challenge is to sneak in more sausages than I’m allowed!
Would you recommend Nippers as a hobby to other children?
Yes, it’s great fun. You have a good time in the sun at the beach and you keep fit and healthy at the same time. The exercises are great and you get to do them with friends – plus you finish with a sausage sizzle. I really enjoy it.
Do you have to be good at running or swimming to join up?
Nippers has different levels so you can find a group that fits your ability. But you do need to know how to swim. That’s important.
Have you made new friends?
I knew some of the kids from other sports that I do, but I’ve also made new Nippers friends too.