The picturesque seaside suburb of Mollymook has beaten a number of more high profile locations to be named as the host of the 2014 and 2015 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships.
Scheduled to take place in January 2014, the event will attract thousands of competitors, support staff and officials from every non-metropolitan surf life saving branch in the state. It is estimated the prestigious event, which was last held in the Shoalhaven back in 2001, will inject $2 million dollars per year into the local economy.
Major event supporter, Stramit Building Products, has also renewed its naming rights sponsorship of the event for a further five years ensuring the competition remains a major event on the sporting calendar.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash described the event as a tremendous boost to sports tourism in the region as she congratulated Stramit and Mollymook SLSC on hosting the event for the next two years.
“Shoalhaven City Council is extremely proud to be co-hosting the championships,” Clr Gash said.
“Council has a long history of bringing sporting events to the Shoalhaven and this is a further example of our commitment to sports tourism in the area.
“Hosting an event of this scale takes enormous commitment at all levels however the more we can showcase our region and boost the profile of surf lifesaving the better.”
President of Surf Life Saving NSW, Tony Haven said the main stretch of Mollymook beach was more than adequate in length to stage the numerous water and beach competition areas.
“Mollymook more than meets the requirements to successfully stage an event of this size,” Mr Haven said.
“It’s a fantastic location and is sure to highlight the great natural beauty and huge tourism potential of the region.”