State Champs Official Launch

The 2013 Allphones NSW Surf Life Saving Championships has been officially launched at Umina SLSC on the NSW Central Coast.

This huge event is likely to be the largest surf sports carnival in the country in 2013, attracting tens of thousands of people to the Central Coast region.

From 1-10 March more than 8000 competitors from all over the state, in addition to 600 officials and up to 15,000 family and spectators are expected to descend on Ocean Beach and Umina. The event will provide a boost to the local economy in the order of $18-20 million.

The event is a coup for Gosford City Council which won the bid to stage the event for the next two years over stiff competition from elsewhere in the state. After a lengthy bid process, the Gosford City proposal presented the best all round package, edging out bids from several other councils.

The Central Coast last hosted the NSW Championships in 2005 at the same location and the Organising Committee is looking forward to again welcoming competitors aged 7 to 75+ years from all over the state.

The army of volunteers from both Ocean Beach and Umina SLSCs are extremely motivated and well organised and have a wealth of experience staging major surf sports events in recent years.

Gosford Mayor, Councillor Lawrie McKinna, described the event as a tremendous boost to sports tourism in the region and congratulated sponsor Allphones and the Ocean Beach and Umina surf clubs, for staging the championships for the next two years.

"An event of this size takes an enormous commitment at all levels, but the more we can showcase and boost the competitive arm of surf lifesaving in our region, the better," Cr McKinna said.

"We hope it will also highlight the other important aspects to Surf Life Saving, the great work done by our volunteer lifesavers to help keep the public safe each summer."

Tony Haven, President of Surf Life Saving NSW, outlined the massive logistical undertaking the event involves, but said the clubs and their members were more than up to the challenge.

"It’s a huge effort to coordinate an event of this size but these clubs have the experience and the expertise to pull off what could be one of the most successful state championships we’ve had in many years,” said Tony Haven.

“Surf Life Saving competition is extremely strong here and the Central Coast boasts some of the country’s best surf sports athletes. The locals will no doubt be looking forward to asserting their dominance on home turf,” he said.

It’s hoped that this year’s championships will be successful from an environmental perspective too, with carnival organisers trialling new recycling efforts, along with initiatives such as using bio-fuels to run generators, light towers and some event vehicles.

The state’s finest junior surf lifesavers will kick-start a bumper eight days of competition from March 1 to 3, while the Masters and Opens competitors will hit the stage from March 6 to 10.

Current title holders:

  • Junior Champions, Manly SLSC (1), Avoca Beach SLSC (2)
  • Masters Champions, Byron Bay (1), Coogee (2)
  • Open Champions, Wanda (1), Terrigal (2)

Please visit the Allphones NSW State Championships Event Page for further information.

Thu 7 Feb 2013