Denmark to host the 2020 Country and Masters Surf Life Saving Championships
Denmark Surf Life Saving Club will host the 2020 Country and Masters Surf Life Saving Championships — the first time either of the events has been held outside Perth.
Surf Life Saving WA president Craig Smith-Gander said the 2019 Country Carnival, held at Ocean Beach in January, had demonstrated the club’s ability to host large-scale competitions.
Almost 1000 competitors converged on Ocean Beach for the Country Carnival over the Australia Day long weekend.
The beach will be packed again over the Labour Day long weekend of February 29 to March 1 for the Country SLS Championships and Masters SLS Championships.
More than 650 athletes will compete in a range of disciplines including the iconic Ironman event.
“Earlier this year our members enjoyed some fantastic conditions at Ocean Beach as we brought our country carnival to town, and we are excited to be coming back for what will no doubt be another exceptional weekend of surf sports on our south coast,” Mr Smith-Gardner said.
“This will be the first time we have hosted our country and masters championships out of the metropolitan area, and the first regionally based championships since Bunbury played host to our senior event in 1990.
“We are excited to take this event to the regions, demonstrating their importance in the growth of our wonderful movement.”
Denmark SLSC president Jane Kelsbie said the club would be eager to make the most of their home town advantage.
“We are delighted that the success of our country carnival earlier this year, which brought some 1000 WA surf lifesavers and their families to our town, has meant that they will be returning,” she said.
“We look forward to Ocean Beach once again serving up some challenging and exciting conditions.”
Shire of Denmark chief executive Bill Parker said SLSWA decision to host the championships in Denmark was testament to the standing of the the club and the town.
“The event will bring great economic benefits for tourism providers and local businesses and reinforces our commitment to supporting events that foster a healthy and safe community,” MR Parker said.
Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.
Sign up for our emails