Country Surf Life Saving Champs Returns to the Rocks

South West Rocks has been announced as the venue for the 2016 and 2017 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships.

The event will run from 6-7 February, 2016 and will attract competitors from every non-metropolitan Surf Life Saving branch in the state.

This major surf sports event was hosted by the South West Rocks SLSC for four years before it moved to Mollymook in 2014 and 2015. Hosting the Championships will bring more than $3 million dollars to the area each year.*

A total of 4000 people are expected to attend, including around 1500 competitors, hundreds of officials and volunteers and a large contingent of supporters and families.

The Kempsey Shire Council won the bid to host the event, and the beautiful South West Rocks location ticks all the boxes in terms of providing an ideal venue for a major surf carnival.

“South West Rocks undoubtedly has the runs on the board to successfully stage an event of this size,” said Surf Life Saving NSW President Tony Haven.

Long-time supporter and naming rights sponsor Stramit Building Products will continue to throw its weight behind providing country clubs and athletes with the opportunity to compete in a true Championship event.

"Stramit is excited to be supporting this fantastic regional event which showcases the skills and commitment of our surf lifesavers," said Stramit Group Marketing Manager, John Bull. "We have been extremely proud to be associated with Surf Life Saving NSW and this event for the last nine years and look forward to returning to South West Rocks."

Changes to the format of next year’s Championships include condensing the competition into two days rather than three and moving the event to February, avoiding the congested peak summer holidays in January.

“We are responding to concerns from our members about the cost and availability of short-term accommodation during January and we are confident moving the event to February will provide the solution,” said Tony Haven.

Containing the competition to a single weekend will also reduce the cost of competing and the need for participants to take time off work or school.

Kempsey Shire Council Mayor Liz Campbell described the event as a tremendous boost to sports tourism in the region.

“I am delighted to see the NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships back at South West Rocks in 2016 and 2017. I would like to congratulate Stramit for their support of this event and South West Rocks Surf Life Saving Club for their dedication and hard work to help secure the Country Championships at South West Rocks,” said the Mayor.

“This event is a great fit for the Macleay as it reveals what great beaches and coastline we have for professional sporting events. Events like the Country Championships provide a critical injection into our local economy and boost our profile as a sports tourism destination.”

South West Rocks Club President, Rod McDonagh, said his experienced and committed team of volunteers was looking forward to welcoming surf sports competitors from around the state once again.

“We're excited to be hosting the Country Championships for the next two years. We ran a successful event for four years, we know what we’re doing and we’ve got fantastic support from the local community,” said Rod McDonagh.

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  • Based on Tourism Australia analysis.

Thu 16 Jul 2015