Country Surf Athletes Hit The Rocks

The 2013 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships will be held this weekend at South West Rocks on the NSW Mid North Coast.

With over 1200 competitors already registered to take part, the Stramit NSW Country Championships will run from Friday 11 January to Sunday 13 January 2013 and will feature competitors aged seven to 75.

South West Rocks was again awarded the Championships after the success of the previous three year’s events. This will be the final year the club has the honour of hosting the event. Last year more than 5000 competitors, officials, family and spectators attended the Championships. The economic benefit the event brings to the region is around $5 million.

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 determined to not only continue their preparation for the State and National titles, but also to help drive their club to supremacy in the junior, senior and overall point scores.

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.

The battle between North and South will be on again this year as the strong Warilla-Barrack Point team tries to steal the trophy from Byron Bay who won overall first place last year.

Byron Bay SLSC is fielding a large team at the Championships and will be looking to use star athletes Josh Brown, Ela Heiniger, Shannon Hulbert-Green and Conor Moriarty to help them retain their title. Other Far North Coast athletes to look out for include Nathan Gray and Luke Chaffer from Cudgen Headland and Hannah Sculley from Lennox Head-Alstonville.

South Coast Club Warilla-Barrack Point will be hoping for strong performances from State Team representative and NSW High Performance Squad athlete Ben Carberry, Ben McKay and Corey and Jayde Bagnall who both took part in the 2012 Talented Athletes Program, to help them bring home the trophy this year.

Jessica Moore from Sawtell SLSC on the North Coast will be one to watch in the U17 Beach Sprint and Flag events. Ky Kinsela also from Sawtell will be looking to further improve on his close placings in last year’s event.

From the local region, Tacking Point SLSC athlete Ryan Carroll is certainly one to watch having won the U12 Ironperson at last year’s Championships and the U13 Surf Race, U13 Board Race and U13 Ironperson at the 2012 Interbranch Championships. Sister Jessie Carroll has also been a strong performer over the past year and Samantha Broomby and Tiana Rickwood also from Tacking Point are expected to perform well.

Lower North Coast Athlete Brock Van Kampen from Taree-Old Bar participated in the 2012 Talented Athletes Program and will be working hard in the U13 events.

2013 Stramit NSW Country Championships Facts and Figures

  • Over 1200 athletes currently registered to compete at the event
  • Over 230 events will be contested, with almost 700 medals on offer
  • Oldest competitor: George Fowler (Wauchope Bonny Hills SLSC) 75yrs
  • The event will bring more than 5000 people to the Kempsey region

For maps, timetables and further information, please visit the Event Page.

Mon 7 Jan 2013