‘NSW Surf Life Saving Championships’ launched with ClubsNSW

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The 2014 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships supported by ClubsNSW were launched today at Ocean Beach-Umina on the NSW Central Coast.

Set to be held over four weekends from the 22 February-16 March, Surf Life Saving NSW is thrilled to formally announce a new partnership with ClubsNSW as the major partner for the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships for the next three years.

ClubsNSW will assist Surf Life Saving NSW in supporting 77,000 volunteer lifesavers to display their skills at the country’s largest Surf Life Saving competition, the NSW Championships, along with the Country Championships and the vital Beach to Bush education program; Surf Life Saving NSW’s most significant educational initiative.

The NSW Championships is the perfect platform for up to 9000 of the state’s lifesavers to perform at the highest level across multiple disciplines as well as offering grassroots level support to our lifesavers of the future, our Nippers, to stay engaged and involved with the movement.

Surf Life Saving NSW President Tony Haven said that he believed this partnership was a perfect fit for both organisations.

“What makes this partnership work is that we both have strong ties to the community and  it will make promoting vital messages throughout the local community a bit easier in the long run”, said Haven.

“With ClubsNSW coming on board to support the NSW Championships it has ensured that we can focus on delivering the largest and most exciting Surf Life Saving carnival in Australia.We are looking forward to working closely with ClubsNSW over the next three years and would like to thank them for their on-going support,” he said.

Anthony Ball, ClubsNSW CEO said, “Clubs across the state have a strong relationship with their local Surf Life Saving Club, so it was especially exciting to be the major sponsor for the 2014 State Championships in an official capacity”.

“We’re looking forward to working together with Surf Life Saving NSW over the next three years to support great events like the 2014 State Championships,” he said.

“Clubs are very active within the local sporting community so it will be great to share our passion for sport with the hundreds of participants competing at this year’s event. I would like to wish everyone who is participating in this year’s 2014 State Championships the best of luck and to say thank you to all the Surf Life Saving volunteers for all the work you do in keeping us safe.”

NSW Championships supported by ClubsNSW is expected to attract more than 800 officials and over 15,000 spectators during the three major weekends of Age, Seniors and Masters competitions bringing an estimated boost of more than $15 million to the Central Coast region.

Mayor of Gosford City, Councillor Lawrie McKinna said, “Council is excited to once again  to host the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships”.

“Following the success of last year’s event we are proud to be hosting the 2014 championships featuring some of the best surf life savers from across the country. The championships provide a great boost for local tourism and will showcase our world class venues including the Peninsula Recreation Precinct and Peninsula Leisure Centre”.

“Beach safety is very important to Gosford City. Over the last few years, council has made significant investments towards improving and maintaining our stunning beaches and waterways, as well as supporting beach safety on the Central Coast,” said Mayor McKinna.

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