Major changes for Coolangatta Gold

Following an in-depth review of the 2011 event, Surf Life Saving Australia has announced some big changes to the 2012 Coolangatta Gold, to be held on Sunday October 14 in Coolangatta.

Entries for the event will be open from Wednesday July 25, 2012. Amidst a myriad of changes Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) has set a new long course (42.7 km) and short course (29.3 km) both starting at Tweed Heads & Coolangatta, travelling north towards Surfers Paradise before returning to Coolangatta to finish.

This year, organisers have made it compulsory for competitors to pass through marker buoys set approximately 4km apart. Failure to pass through these gates during the race will result in disqualification.

Dave Thompson, SLSA General Manager of Sport is pleased with the changes.

“We have introduced some new rules to this year’s Coolangatta Gold with safety and spectator interest top of mind.”

As well as wearing fluoro coloured lycras which were enforced in previous years, for the first time, competitors must also wear fluoro coloured swim caps and have a board paddler accompanying them during the swim leg of the event.

“Visibility of our hundreds of competitors is key in a race that’s as fast-paced and stretched as the Coolangatta Gold. The use of additional fluoro caps enables organisers and officials to identify competitors more effectively.” said Thompson.

Creating a day event for a diverse audience to enjoy, organisers have also introduced a festival of activities including a 5 km family fun run, an ocean swim and a beach volleyball tournament, all to take part throughout the day. The Coolangatta Gold is one of the most iconic and challenging multi-discipline endurance races in Australia comprising of an ocean swim, surf-ski, board paddle and run.

“The Coolangatta Gold is a race requiring extreme fitness and skill. We hope to put on an exciting, dynamic race which will showcase the great athletic abilities of our Surf Lifesavers” Mr Thompson said.

The Coolangatta Gold is supported by the Queensland Government through Events Queensland as part of a growing calendar of sporting, cultural and regional events across the state.

For a full list of changes to the Coolangatta Gold and event information, visit http://sls.com.au/coolangattagold

Tue 28 Aug 2012