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Surf life saving championships secured until 2017

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Nippers of all ages will continue to make a summer pilgrimage to Warrnambool with Council securing the hosting rights to the 2016 and 2017 Life Saving Victoria Junior State Championships in conjunction with the Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club.

The event, first held in Warrnambool in 2014, attracts 1500 competitors and their families over the Labour Day long weekend in March.

Warrnambool City Council Manager Events and Promotion Merran Fyfe said hosting events of this scale came with substantial economic benefits for the region.

“This type of event is exactly what Warrnambool is about - families being attracted to our gorgeous coastal city to stay multiple nights,” Ms Fyfe said.

"The fantastic work done by the Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club, the ultimate success of the 2014 junior championships and our commitment to the 2015 event placed us in good stead to secure the 2016 and 2017 championships.

"While state wide sporting events are traditionally held in central locations, our natural environment and committed staff and volunteers ensure we punch above our weight.”

Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club Secretary and Life Member Justin Houlihan said that Warrnambool’s beach and accommodation options made it the ideal candidate.

“Our beach is very safe and we have the ability to move the carnival around depending on the conditions. The breakwater offers protection if we have a weekend where there is massive surf,” Mr Houlihan said.

“The fact that there is so much accommodation down at the foreshore is also very popular as it means that competitors and their families can just walk over to the beach.

“There is a lot of teamwork involved in the preparation and we are excited and enthused about the fact that it will be in Warrnambool for another two years after this year.”

As well as the surf life saving championships, Warrnambool City Council’s active sports marketing program has recently attracted events including the Tour of the South West, Victorian Masters Softball Championships and the Warrnambool Gift.

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