In a little under four months’ time the 2019 Envirobank NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships will kick off at the iconic Kingscliff Beach, with hosts Cudgen Headland SLSC confident of staging a spectacular event.
After spending the last three years at South West Rocks, the state’s largest surf sport event for athletes outside of metropolitan areas returns to Kingscliff Beach for the first time since 2003.
Cudgen Headland SLSC were awarded hosting rights after an impressive bid late last year and will stage the event for the third time in its history.
No stranger to hosting major surf sport events, the club has successfully hosted both the NSW Championships and the Australian Inflatable Rescue Boat Titles in recent years.
Club President, Adam Mills, said that the club in partnership with the Tweed Shire Council and the Kingscliff wider community are looking forward to welcoming visitors to the beach in 2019.
“Hosting the Country Surf Lifesaving Championships further increases the profile of the sport amongst our Surf Lifesavers and the broader community as well as providing a boost to the local economy.
“The club’s major events planning team provide a strong collective capability that will be used to ensure the highest level of success for the delivery of the Championships,” Mr Mills said.
A delegation from Surf Life Saving NSW travelled to Kingscliff for a pre-event inspection several months ago and they share the club’s enthusiasm for a successful competition.
“I believe Cudgen Headland is going to be absolutely outstanding hosts,” said Surf Sport Manager Rob Pidgeon.
“The club has been working very hard with planning well advanced for the competition, and as we have seen many times in recent years Cudgen Headland always stages highly successful events.
“We’re certainly looking forward to travelling north in February for what is shaping up to be a huge Country Championships,” he said.
As promising as the preparations have been on land, the real challenge awaits in the water.
Hosts Cudgen Headland are gunning for their third successive overall title after ending branch rival Byron Bay’s incredible six-year-streak, and with plenty of other challengers it’s shaping up to be another close competition.
The count-down clock is well and truly on.
Competition in the 2019 Envirobank NSW Surf Life Saving Country Championships gets underway at Kingscliff Beach on the weekend of February 2-3, and is open to competitors aged from 8 through over 70
Monday 22 October 2018