Manly has a proud history in beach events which include beach sprint, 2k beach run, beach relays and beach flags.
For our younger members, they may lack confidence in the surf but they can still achieve success in the beach events and transition to develop skills in lifesaving and water events and in many cases, they stay competitive with the beach events moving into the master’s beach areas where many older members compete in their own age groups.
The beach relays are always exciting where often the fastest team does not win. Faulty baton changes often lead to sudden changes in fortune and like all team events competing with your team mates is as important regardless of the result.
The beach flags event is a dynamic event requiring power, acceleration, balance, and technical skill. The rapid advance in skills we see from our younger members is amazing but even in the age groups such as 70 plus the event is keenly fought out although just a little slower.
Flags and beach sprinting also are great off season training for all the winter sporting codes such as netball and the football codes where the fitness and skills complement each other.
2017 Training Program
Wednesday 4.30 to 5.30 U6 to U8
Wednesday 5.30 to 6.30 U9 to Masters
Location Manly Oval for base fitness training because of beach crowds. Bring your own water bottles and sand shoes advised.
Sunday 7.45 to 8.30 Everyone on Nippers track over shorter distance with skills including starts, flags, and relays. Extra flag training will be available for flags during Nippers – contact coaches
Coaches are multiple State and Australian Gold Medallists in Open Beach Relay and experienced coaches at all levels.
Brian Dolly – Overall Coach
Michael Kember Coach with emphasis on skills
Michael Gedz Coach with emphasis on flags