NSW Surf Life Saving Championships to Remain on Central Coast

A successful partnership between Gosford City Council and Surf Life Saving NSW will see the country’s largest surf sports event remain on the Central Coast for the next two years.

The 2015 and 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships will be co-hosted by Ocean Beach and Umina SLSCs and proudly supported by ClubsNSW.

The State’s premier surf event has been held at this location for the last two years, attracting tens of thousands of people to the Central Coast.

More than 8000 competitors from all over the NSW participated in this year’s event, along with 600 volunteer officials and up to 15,000 family and spectators. The event provides a boost to the local economy in the order of $18-20 million.

Gosford City Council agreed unanimously to exercise the option to extend support for the event for a further two years. Pending final contract arrangements between the two organisations, the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships will be held from 6 March to 15 March, 2015 at Ocean Beach Umina.

The Age Championships will run from 6-8 March, Masters Championships from 11-12 March and Open Championships from 13-15 March.

Mayor of Gosford City, Councillor Lawrie McKinna said the event has provided a tremendous boost to sports tourism in the region and congratulated the Ocean Beach and Umina surf clubs for hosting the championships successfully for the last two years.

"It’s a huge effort to coordinate an event of this size but these clubs and their large contingent of volunteers now have a wealth of experience under their belt and are enthusiastic about next year,” said Clr McKinna.

"We have been really pleased with the high level of community support we have received for this event as well as to the ongoing work of our surf clubs and volunteers – who are all champions in their own right.

"The State Championships certainly showcase the commitment of our surf lifesavers to keep the public safe on our beaches each summer,” he said.

Tony Haven, President of Surf Life Saving NSW, said the support from Gosford City Council and the local community has been vital to the success of the event since 2012.

“More than 100 clubs from all over NSW participated in this year’s Championships and the Central Coast alone boasts some of the country’s best surf sports athletes . "The beautiful location, great facilities, wide range of local accommodation options and community support all worked to make the event a success. We are looking forward to taking the event to the next level over the coming two years,” said Tony Haven.

Mon 31 Mar 2014