2014 Country Champs Launched At Mollymook

The 2014 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships has been launched at Mollymook Beach, the new home of the championships for the next two years.

With over 1200 competitors expected to take part, the Stramit NSW Country Championships will run from Friday 17 January to Sunday 19 January 2014 featuring athletes aged seven to 75.

While the Stramit NSW Country Championships is only open to clubs outside metropolitan areas, some of the state’s best surf sports athletes will be on show and determined to not only continue their preparation for the State and National titles, but also to help bring their club victory in the junior, senior and overall point scores.

President of Surf Life Saving NSW, Tony Haven, says it’s fantastic to bring such a major surf life saving event to the South Coast again.

“We’re really excited to be bringing the Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships to Mollymook. It’s the most significant event we've held on the South Coast for a number of years and the perfect venue for our country athletes to compete at the highest level in a beautiful location.

“With the strong support of a very proactive Shoalhaven council, Mollymook SLSC and Stramit the 2014 country champs is looking to be a fantastic showcase of our sport,” said Mr Haven.

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash described the event as a tremendous boost to sports tourism in the region as she congratulated Stramit and Mollymook SLSC on hosting the event for the next two years.

“Shoalhaven City Council is extremely proud to be co-hosting the Championships. Hosting an event of this scale takes enormous commitment at all levels however the more we can display our region and boost the profile of Surf Life Saving the better,” said Clr Gash.

With the Country Championships bringing over 1200 athletes and up to 5000 people to the area the economic benefit the event brings to the region is significant at around $5 million.

"Stramit is excited to be supporting this fantastic regional event which showcases the skills and commitment of our surf lifesavers," said Stramit Regional Manager, Paul Jensen. "We have been extremely proud to be associated with Surf Life Saving NSW and this event for the last seven years and look forward to enjoying all the South Coast has to offer."

Elite South Coast athletes Jess Rosskelly and Ben Carberry (both from Warilla Barrack Point SLSC) were joined by local star Taryn Love in praising the event's return to the South Coast.

"We're all really excited to have the Country Championships in our backyard for the next two years," said Australian Gold medalist, Jess Rosskelly. "I think a lot of surf clubs in the region are primed for a big showing and we're all really looking forward to January."

Surf Life Saving NSW looks forward to welcoming major supporter ClubsNSW to the Stramit NSW Country Championships. ClubsNSW is supporting NSW Country Athletes compete at the highest level and continue their preparation for the NSW State Championships.

The Stramit NSW Country Championships is the only event on the surf sport calendar to feature a full range of events including surfboats, as well as all age groups from U8s through to Masters, within a three-day surf carnival.

Registrations are still open for athletes and surf clubs interested in competing. For more information please visit the 2014 NSW Stramit Country Championships event page.

Tue 10 Dec 2013