Excitement Builds as Country Champs Loom

Hours of training and dedication will be put to the ultimate test next month as thousands of athletes, officials, and supporters prepare to descend on Mollymook Beach for the 2015 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships.

Mollymook Surf Life Saving Club is looking to build on the success of last year’s event with over 5000 people again estimated to descend on the area including around 1500 competitors, officials, volunteers along with a large contingent of supporters and families.

The championships are expected to bring more than $2 million dollars to the area each year (based on Tourism Australia analysis).

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash described the event as a tremendous boost to sports tourism in the region.

“Shoalhaven City Council is extremely proud to be co-hosting the Championships,” said Clr Gash.

“Council has a long history of bringing sporting events to the Shoalhaven and this is a further example of our commitment to sports tourism in the area.

"Hosting an event of this scale takes enormous commitment at all levels however the more we can showcase our region and boost the profile of surf lifesaving the better.” “I am particularly pleased at the level of community support for the Country Championships.

"As always, Shoalhaven residents have recognised the wonderful job our volunteers do in protecting people on the beach as well as the opportunities the surf life saving movement provides for people of any age to participate in a healthy, active lifestyle.”

“I would like to welcome all competitors and visitors to Mollymook Beach and encourage everyone to enjoy the natural beauty, stunning beaches, first class accommodation and hospitality that our region is famous for.”

Mollymook Surf Life Saving Club Senior Club Vice-President, John Patterson believes that the 2015 event will be bigger and better than ever.

“We are looking forward to hosting the championships for a second year running,” said Mr Patterson.

“You always try to make the second one better than the first, and that’s what we are aiming to do.

“Excitement is very much starting to build, and we are definitely hoping for some good weather.”

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 2015 Stramit NSW Country Championships will be held at Mollymook SLSC from January 16-18.

Photograph credited to the Milton Ulladulla Times

Thu 18 Dec 2014