2016 surf championship titles will be great success
  • Friday 13 July 2012

Mayor Mark Jamieson today welcomed Surf Life Saving Australia CEO Brett Williamson to the Sunshine Coast and said the Coast’s hosting of the 2016 national surf titles was a huge opportunity for the region.

Planning is now underway in earnest now all the formalities of contract-signing have been finalised.

“2016 will mark the centenary of surf life saving on the Sunshine Coast; what better way to celebrate that milestone than by hosting the national championships,” Cr Jamieson said.

“The titles will draw more than 7000 competitors as well as a further 15,000 supporters, family and friends to the Sunshine Coast and will provide a huge boost – estimated at over $20 million in economic benefit - to our region.”

The Mayor said securing the event was the result of a strong working partnership between passionately committed partners who worked hard for the result – and got it.

“This could not have happened without the collaboration between Maroochydore, Alexandra Headland and Mooloolaba Surf Clubs and council along with support from Events Queensland,” he said.

“Now its time to roll our sleeves up to ensure we can deliver the best championships ever across the three venues.

“We will also be working closely with SLSA to ensure any of the changes that they are presently considering for the championships are accommodated in how the event is delivered here.

“We have some of the nation’s best beaches and a surf life saving commitment that is an ingrained part of the culture of the Sunshine Coast - so we are well-placed to make the 2016 titles a wonderful event,” Cr Jamieson said.

SLSA CEO Brett Williamson said the signing of the agreements was the final formality of a process which commenced over 15 months ago.

“Surf Life Saving Australia is also very thankful for the major support from the Queensland Government through Events Queensland to make it possible for us to bring the championships to the Sunshine Coast – a region where surf life saving is entrenched into the community spirit,” he said.

“We are excited about working with Sunshine Coast Council to implement a multi-venue event model across three beaches with the support of our host surf life saving clubs, Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland and Maroochydore as well the local community.”