Classic nabs giant sponsor

KOZII UP: Juniors Anthea Warne (left) and Josh Jones (second from right), join open athletes Amy Nurthen, Luke Cuff and Luke Chaffer at the Kozii t-shirt launch.
KOZII UP: Juniors Anthea Warne (left) and Josh Jones (second from right), join open athletes Amy Nurthen, Luke Cuff and Luke Chaffer at the Kozii t-shirt launch. Daniel McKenzie

THE foam is set to fly at Kingscliff next Saturday after Cudgen Surf Life Saving Club managed to sign up swimwear giant Kozii as a major sponsor of its annual Cudgen Classic.

Kozii announced on Monday it had signed on as a major naming sponsor of the event for the next three years, ensuring an injection of much-needed funds for the volunteer organisation.

Kozii spokeswoman Kay Shallcross said the company was excited to step up to sponsor the Classic.

“This (Cudgen) has always been our local club and we’ve been involved with the Classic for many years,” Shallcross said.

“We’ve signed up for the next three years.”

Kozii’s major naming sponsorship coincides with the release of their official Cudgen Classic t-shirt.

Kozii’s Tina-Louise King designed the shirt and said the idea was to utilise the history of the event to create a look blending old and new.

“The Cudgen Classic is a long-term event so we wanted to refresh (the design) with a modern retro look,” King said.

The Cudgen Classic, held on the last Saturday of October each year, is an extended ironperson event and is considered a premier event on the surf lifesaving calendar.

Traditionally a junior event, this will be the third year in succession that open ages will also compete.

Ironman Luke Cuff, a previous winner of the Cudgen Classic and an Open competitor, said the event was a personal favourite as it was his home turf.

“It keeps the event close to home for me and I know where I started and where I want to go,” Cuff said.

“It’s cool to come back, especially with my major sponsor on board and use it as a hit-out for the upcoming season.”

The mainstay event is in its 19th year and is the longest-running of its kind in the Gold Coast and Tweed region.

Cudgen SLSC spokesperson Matt Bell said the Classic had been a lifeblood of the club for a long time.

“The Classic started up as a way to raise funds (for the club and nippers),” Bell said.

He said that being in Northern NSW required frequent travel to the south of the state and the funds raised helped cover travel costs, on top of clothing and gear for nippers.

Cudgen Classic competitors are encouraged to arrive at Cudgen SLSC on the day by 8am NSW.

For more infofrmation visit: www.cudgenslsc.

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