Over two hundred surf lifesavers are estimated to take part in next weekend’s championships, which are being hosted by the Ulverstone Surf Life Saving Club.
“This is the final surf life saving carnival on our Tasmanian calendar this season and it’s always a very competitive weekend,” said CEO of Surf Life Saving Tasmania, Tony van den Enden.
“It’s also one last practice run for a number of our lifesavers who will travel to the Gold Coast, later this month month to compete in the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships,” he said.
To be eligible to compete all competitors must have completed at least 16 hours of surf patrol in the last season.
“While our main focus is keeping our beaches safe through patrols and our education programs, it’s the training and competition that keeps our members fit and motivated all year round,” said Mr van den Enden.
The Championships kick off earlier than previous years, Friday night at 6pm. In 2017, the Lifesaving events – Champion Lifesaver, Patrol Competition and First Aid Competition – will be included in a 3-day program of events. Jan Bonde, Mayor of Ulverstone will officially open the championships, and introduce clubs on the beach for the Colour Parade at 9.45am on Saturday. There are more than 50 events on Saturday’s program, including individual events heats and finals. At the end of the day the Patrol Competition event will conclude with lifesavers testing their skills and abilities through scenarios that are close to real life as possible. This event is usually part of the Lifesaving Championships, that stand alone to the typical Surf Life Saving Championships, but this weekend we will see the events combined. The move to a combined event came with the aim of increasing participation in the Championships as a whole and to showcase what surf life saving is truly about. Team events, a 9-person Lifesaver Relay and surf boat finals are to be held on Sunday.
“It’s a great weekend for spectators to come and watch our surf life savers in action, and there will also be the regular weekend patrols on the beach for those who are keen to make a day of it.”
Colin Wood | Media Spokesperson – Ulverstone SLSC – 0439 686 146
Leanne Johannesen | SLST Education, Development & Surf Sports Manager – 0447 287 847
For more information, go to http://www.slst.asn.au/surf-sports/events/2017/march/open-lifesaving-tasmanian-surf-life-saving-championship/