Surf sports to boost Tweed
THE 2011 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships will deliver $18 million into the Tweed economy and attract almost 8000 competitors, said Surf Life Saving NSW.
The huge event is the second largest surf sports carnival in the country and the first time the Tweed Coast has hosted a major championship since the early 1990s.
Tweed Shire Mayor Kevin Skinner said the event would take enormous commitment at all levels.
“The more we can showcase and boost the competitive arm of surf lifesaving in our region, the better,” Councillor Skinner said. “It is terrific to see this event coming here.
“Everyone knows we have a number of volunteers here in the community that have come together to make this work.”
Cr Skinner also said the championships would be a welcome boost for small business.
“It’s going to bring along enormous funds into the economy and assist all those small business struggling a bit and do well to give them a help along.”
Six hundred officials will descend on the Tweed coast from across the state to assist with the conduct of the NSW championships and about 12,000 spectators and supporters are expected to attend each day.
The states’ junior life savers will kick-start the event from March 11 to 13.