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Competitors at the Life Saving Victoria Junior State Championships

Victorian Junior Life Saving Championships secured until 2021

News Article Date: 
Friday, 24 May 2019

Warrnambool has secured hosting rights to the Life Saving Victoria (LSV) Junior State Championships for the next two years.

Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) will host the Victorian Junior State Championships over the Labour Day long weekend March 7-9, 2020 and March 6-8, 2021. 

For the first time, the event will be trialled over a three-day format.

About 1500 junior lifesavers are expected to travel to compete in the annual event, providing a significant boost in visitor numbers from athletes, as well as their families, coaches and support crews.

Warrnambool City Council Manager Visitor Economy David McMahon said that the championships were a major highlight on the city’s events calendar, with Warrnambool hosting the event every year since 2014.

“Hosting such prestigious events with such significant numbers continues to build Warrnambool’s reputation as an event city,” he said.

“More than this, these events help grow the profile and participation in the incredible sport and community service that is lifesaving.

“Accommodation will be full throughout the region so we encourage visitors to book early and contact our Visitor Information Centre for assistance.”

Mr McMahon also acknowledged the vital work of the Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC).

"We are very proud of the Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club to again be entrusted with this major event,” he said.

“Council acknowledges the hard work and thousands of hours that go into preparing for and hosting these championships and we will again support LSV and the club to ensure they continue to grow.”

Warrnambool SLSC President Justin Houlihan said that the club was a big part of the community. 

“We’re proud to be able to showcase both the club and our city to our lifesaving friends from around the state for the next two years,” he said.

Life Saving Victoria Aquatic Sport Manager Kirsty Clark said that Warrnambool was an ideal city for the event.

“We’re thrilled to be able to announce two years of Junior State Championship events at Warrnambool and thank the Warrnambool City Council for its continued support,” she said. 

“Rain, hail or shine, Warrnambool is always a great place for our junior athletes to compete.”

The events will be made possible thanks to the generous support of Surf Life Saving Australia sponsors Westpac, DHL and Holden.


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