Mollymook to Host 2014 Country Champs

In a coup for the Shoalhaven, Mollymook has been announced as the host of the 2014 and 2015 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships.

The event will run from 17-19 January, 2014 and will attract competitors from every non-metropolitan surf life saving branch in the state.

This major surf sports event has not been held in the south since 2002 and hosting the Championships will bring more than $5 million dollars to the area each year (based on Tourism Australia analysis).

A total of 5000 people are expected to attend, including around 1500 competitors, hundreds of officials and volunteers and a large contingent of supporters and families.

The Shoalhaven City Council won the bid to host the event, coming in ahead of three other NSW councils, highlighting the benefits and the significant economic impact the event will bring to the region.

The major event supporter, Stramit Building Products, has renewed its naming rights sponsorship for a further five years.

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

"Hosting an event of this scale takes an enormous commitment at all levels, but the more we can showcase our region and boost the profile of Surf Lifesaving, the better," said the Mayor.

Renovations to the Mollymook clubhouse are expected to be completed soon and will provide an ideal venue for the championships. The main stretch of beach is more than adequate in length to stage the numerous water and beach competition areas and local tourism providers offer a large range of accommodation to suit all budgets.

"Mollymook more than meets the requirements to successfully stage an event of this size," said the President of Surf Life Saving NSW, Tony Haven.

"It's a fantastic location and is sure to highlight the great natural beauty and huge tourism potential of the region."

Mollymook Club President, Rod Austin, said his committed team of volunteers was looking forward to welcoming elite surf sports competitors from around the state for three days of action on the beach and in the water.

"We're extremely excited to be hosting the Country Championships for the next two years. We worked hard to satisfy the requirements of the bid process and can't wait to show the rest of the state what we can do," said Austin.

What - 2014 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships
Where - Mollymook SLSC
When - Friday 17 - Sunday 19 January, 2014

Wed 16 Jan 2013