Community sport in the Sutherland Shire is intensifying after the lockdown ends and spurred by a late increase in the number allowed.
Last week, the state government responded to calls from organizers and lifted the limit on the number of people who can safely participate in outdoor community sports from 200 to 1,000.
Wanda Nippers, who starts her season on Sunday, is “very excited,” said club manager Fiona Sutton.
“Kids love their Nippers – it’s such a great culture, not only in terms of learning surfing skills, but also in terms of lifestyle and friendships.
“We wanted to get them back in the water as soon as possible. The winter was pretty tough with so many restrictions for all the kids.
“The training is already underway.
“We have a lot of newcomers and this could be a banner year for us in terms of numbers.”
Ms Sutton said they were relieved when the number cap was increased.
“We have around 600 Nippers, plus parents,” Ms. Sutton said.
North Cronulla Nippers also starts on Sunday for the Under-8s. The youngest will follow in November.
Cronulla Nippers starts on November 5, with club Elouera advising a start date of December 5 before the number limit is increased.
The Sutherland Little Athletics Club begins its season at Waratah Park on Saturday.
The club said in a Facebook post: “Members of ALS, you blew us away with the response by signing up for the 2021/22 season and we really appreciate the support.”
Port Hacking Little Athletics will be back on the track for events on December 4th.
The club said the date “corresponds to the majority of clubs and is based on the best interests of our center due to the legislative guidelines and public health orders of the Government of New South Wales”.
Training with expert coaches begins November 1 and is free for all registered club members.
The Sutherland Shire Football Association kicks off a six-party summer competition on December 1.
The 10-week competition is open to girls and boys aged under 8 to under 13.
General manager Jeff Stewart said: “All young people are looking to go out and play football, which they missed this year and last year.”
Some football clubs, including Sylvania Heights and Grays Point, also have summer competitions, with details on their Facebook pages.
Sutherland Shire Junior Cricket Association matches begin this weekend.
“We’re so close now,” said a post on the association’s Facebook page.
“Are you bowling in the halls?” Check your shot in every mirror? Do you immerse yourself in the living room? Can you smell the freshly mown grass? “
Sutherland Shire Netball Association president Karen Salter said the executive is still looking for options.
“We had envisioned a twilight competition, but now we are looking at practices, clinics and skills sessions,” she said.
Ms Salter said that due to the time spent away from the courts, physical fitness was a factor that needed to be taken into account.
“We don’t want to see people injured,” she said.