A big weekend of Labour Day sporting carnivals

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Over three thousand competitors will be in action across three major porting carnivals this Labour Day weekend.

The Life Saving Victoria Junior Championships, the Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Open and the Warrnambool Seaside Volleyball Tournament will all be held in Warrnambool over this weekend.

Warrnambool Mayor Debbie Arnott thanked the numerous volunteers who worked hard to make these events happen.

“This is such an important weekend for Warrnambool, and a very big thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to organise these fantastic events,” she said.

“We have a lot of sporting events on, a lot of visitors, and I urge everyone to make the most of it and enjoy our beautiful city.”

Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club Event Coordinator Al Aulsebrook said that everyone loved coming to Warrnambool to compete.

“We’ve got 1000 nippers converging on the foreshore. This will be the 10th year in a row we’ve hosted a state event,” he said.

“They enjoy the fact that the city has all the facilities. There’s plenty of accommodation options, there’s plenty of food options, we’ve got the caravan park right here by the competition arena. 

“It’s well supported by City Council which is magnificent. This event couldn’t run without the efforts of the City Council staff in preparing the beach. 

“A well prepared beach is key to a successful surf life saving event. For 10 years in a row, the Council staff have turned up, tirelessly worked, and it’s in pristine condition yet again.”

Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club President Kim Tobin said it was the biggest weekend of the year for the club.

“This is our major event for the year and we’ve got 900 players coming to participate in the event over three days,” she said.

“The majority of those players are travelling so it’s a great economic benefit to Warrnambool over the weekend with many families coming and staying and spending their money in Warrnambool.”

Warrnambool Volleyball Association President Tanya Hughes said they had seen a surge in numbers this year.

“We have a record number of 90 teams, so it’s quite a big increase for us,” she said.

“We needed to source another court, so we’re actually playing across four different stadiums.

“It will be well over 900 players. Everybody loves to come to Warrnambool.”

If you are planning on visiting the foreshore this weekend, consider parking at their Cannon Hill or Flagstaff Hill and walking down, as the precinct will be a hive of activity.