State Championships Officially Launched

In just over a fortnight, thousands of the state’s best surf sport competitors will arrive on the NSW Central Coast to compete at the 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships at Ocean Beach – Umina for a fourth straight year.

To celebrate the clock ticking down, representatives from Umina and Ocean Beach SLSCs joined Gosford City Mayor Lawrie McKinna, SLSNSW President Tony Haven AM, ClubsNSW State Councillor Elisabeth Court, and multiple NSW and Australian medallist Kaitlyn Matuschka from Avoca SLSC to officially launch the event at Umina on Monday.

Gosford Mayor Lawrie McKinna said hosting the largest event on the Surf Life Saving calendar has been important for the Central Coast.

“Over the last three years we’ve welcomed almost 50,000 people to the Central Coast as a direct result of hosting the State Championships. This has in turn benefited local businesses and also tourism with many visitors taking the opportunity to explore all that the area has to offer,” Mayor McKinna said.

“The Ocean Beach and Umina Surf Life Saving Clubs can be proud of their efforts over the last few years in hosting this marquee event, and Gosford City Council is delighted to be supporting the Championships once again.

“I’m sure that 2016 will be a positive experience for the visiting lifesavers and their families,” he said.

Surf Life Saving NSW President Tony Haven is confident of another successful carnival. “Umina and Ocean Beach have delivered several years of highly entertaining and competitive championships, and I am confident that all competitors, officials and spectators will really enjoy their time on the Central Coast.”

ClubsNSW is themajor Championships partner for the third year and is delighted to once more be involved in what promises to be an exciting conclusion to the NSW Surf Sport summer season. ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball said the club industry was proud to support Surf Life Saving through the championships.

“As a major supporter of Surf Life Saving NSW we are thrilled to once again be part of this competition, which celebrates volunteer surf lifesavers and the fantastic work they do in keeping our beaches and waterways safe,” he said.

“On behalf of not-for-profit clubs across the state, I would like to wish all competitors the very best of luck.”

More than 7000 competitors from all over NSW, along with 600 volunteer officials and up to 15,000 family and spectators are expected to attend the Championships over the three weekends of competition, which will inject an estimated $9 million dollars into the local economy.

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

State Championship Dates:

Lifesaving Championships: 27-28 February 2016

First Aid Championships: 5 March 2016

Age Championships: 4-6 March 2016

Masters Championships: 9-10 March 2016

Open Championships: 11-13 March 2016

Photograph - Gosford City Mayor Lawrie McKinna chats with Kaitlyn Matuschka (Avoca Beach SLSC) at the launch of the 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships on Monday 15 February 2016.

Below - It was a big occasion at Umina SLSC. Pictured l-r are Paul Sharpe Umina SLSC President, Tony Haven AM – SLSNSW President, Kaitlyn Matuschka – 2015 State Medallist, Avoca Beach SLSC Competitor, Elisabeth Court – Central Coast ClubsNSW State Councillor,Lawrie McKinna – Gosford City Mayor, Kevin Manning – Ocean Beach SLSC Vice President andGraham Tangye – Ocean Beach SLSC Member.

Mon 15 Feb 2016