Hundreds of nippers from across Sydney descended on the shire on Friday for North Cronulla Surf Lifesaving Club’s annual Australia Day Ironperson Classic.
Overcast skies meant it wasn’t too hot, with the small surf at North Cronulla Beach good for the young athletes.
The shire’s four Bate Bay clubs – North Cronulla, Cronulla, Elouera and Wanda – were all represented.
The beach was packed with athletes and supporters, with some spotted setting up tents as early as 5.30am.
In the under-13s and 14s, nippers took part in a 450 metre swim, 100m run, 650m board and 200m run. In the under-15s division there were 650m swim, 100m run, 850m board and 200m run events for girls and boys.
The annual event has become an Australia Day tradition in the shire for the surf lifesaving community.