We understand many members are keen to know what the COVID restrictions mean for the 2021 NSW Championships. SLSNSW is working hard on a number of scenarios to stage the NSW Championships within the restrictions currently and likely to be in place next March. SLSNSW, the Lake Macquarie City Council and the host club Swansea Belmont are committed to staging the Championships. There are a number of staging options being canvassed with NSW Health currently, and members should be aware next years ‘State’ may look and feel quite a bit different to previous years.
We will keep members informed as we understand more about the way the Championships will look this season. Thanks for your patience and understanding as we work towards a satisfactory outcome for our NSW competitors.
The current COVID restrictions on Community Sport competitions is proving extremely challenging for sport organisations to effectively plan to host major events.
On the basis of these restrictions, it is with great disappointment that we announce the difficult decision made by the SLSNSW Board to cancel the 2021 NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships. In its deliberations, the Board considered many factors, including the requirements for families to plan travel and accommodation, the availability of officials and various safety personnel and other volunteers and the limits on numbers permitted at sporting events due to COVID. It was considered simply too difficult logistically to plan to operate the Championships within the prevailing restrictions this year.
We wish to thank the Cudgen Headland SLSC for their significant contribution to the Country Championships over the past two years and the significant planning that has already been undertaken for the 2021 event.
SLSNSW has a working group in place to assist with planning for the 2022 Country Championships and beyond.
Due to COVID-19, the Interbranch Championships will move from December 2020 to March 2021. We are currently working with branches to share and collaborate calendars and will seek to communicate the actual date in March very soon.
Wednesday 23 September 2020