Surf lifesavers ready to shine
THE state's finest surf lifesavers are gearing up for 10 days of fierce competition at the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships at Kingscliff next month.
Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club has a number of strong contenders hoping to use the home advantage to grab gold medals.
NSW Surf Lifesaving president Tony Haven believed Kingscliff was well equipped to meet the challenge of hosting the second largest surf sports carnival in the country.
He mapped out the logistics of holding such an intense event yesterday afternoon.
“It's a massive event for surf lifesaving in NSW with an enormous number of competitors, officials and organisations,” Haven said.
“It's a great location, Kingscliff and its surrounding locations, and few clubs today in NSW could meet the challenge.
“The state championships has been a hugely popular and successful event over the last few years and I'm sure the Cudgen Headland team of volunteers are looking forward to welcoming elite surf sports competitors from around the state,” he said.
Cudgen Headland club president Gary Cain said his members were looking forward to getting a home advantage to the world-class event.
“Cudgen Headland has a proud tradition of running these events, we've run country and state in the past and pride ourselves on our ability to run a great carnival. I'm sure this event will be no different than the past,” Cain said.
“Some of them that probably may not have gone to state before because of the logistics of getting down south may be competing at state for the first time.
“Some of our others have competed at many states and I'm sure they're very keen to get out there and compete on their own beach.”
Competitors to watch include Scott McCartney, who will defend the board race title, and Jarrad Cain and Rohan Small who will fight it out in the ironman challenge.
The event will begin with the juniors on March 11-13 and finish up with the Masters and Opens on March 17-20.
About 6000 volunteer officials will come from across the state to assist with the organisation of the huge event with over 12,000 spectators predicted to attend each day.
More than 400 events will be held over the 10-day period with about 2600 medals presented.
Inflatable rescue boats and jet skis will be available for water safety emergencies.