Lifesaving State Championships Locked in for Warrnambool & Lorne

The 2020 and 2021 Victorian Lifesaving State Championship events have been locked in, with the following locations and clubs as hosts.

Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) will host the Victorian Junior State Championships over the March Labour Day long weekend (7-9 March 2020 and 6-8 March 2021) for the next two years, thanks to the support of the Warrnambool City Council. For the first time, the event will be trialled over a three-day format.

Lorne SLSC will host the Victorian Youth/Senior State Championships for the next two years, with the 2020 event taking place on 21-22nd March.

Mordialloc LSC competitors embrace in congratulations at last year’s Victorian Lifesaving State Championship

“We’re thrilled to be able to announce two years of Junior State Championship events at Warrnambool and thank the Warrnambool City Council for its continued support,” says Kirsty Clark, Life Saving Victoria (LSV) Aquatic Sport Manager. “Rain, hail or shine, Warrnambool is always a great place for our junior athletes to compete.”

Almost 1,500 junior lifesavers will travel to Victoria’s south west coast to compete in the annual event, giving the coastal town a boost in visitor numbers from athletes, as well as their support crews, coaches and team managers.

“We are very proud of the Warrnambool SLSC to again be entrusted with this major event. Council acknowledged the hard work and thousands of hours that go into preparing for and hosting these championships and we will again support LSV and the Club to ensure they continue to grow,” says David McMahon – Manager,Visitor Economy at Warrnambool City Council.

“Accommodation will be full throughout the region so we encourage visitors to book early and contact our Visitor Information Centre for assistance.”

“Hosting such prestigious events with such significant numbers continues to build Warrnambool’s reputation as an event city.”

Pt Leo SLSC and Mt Martha LSC competitors help each other prepare at last year’s Junior Victorian Lifesaving State Championships

“More than this, these events help grow the profile and participation in the incredible sport and community service that is lifesaving.”

“Warrnambool SLSC is a big part of the community, and we’re proud to be able to showcase both the club and our city to our lifesaving friends from around the state for the next two years,” says Justin Houlihan, the club’s president.

U14 to Open athletes will compete at Lorne SLSC over the weekend of 21st – 22nd March 2020, and again in 2021 with dates to be confirmed, for the Victorian Youth/Senior State Championships.

An Ocean Grove SLSC competitor gets set

“Lorne offers a spectacular location and is a club used to large-scale events, and we appreciate the club’s ongoing support,” says Ms Clark. “We’re excited to have these events locked in for our clubs and members to be able to plan ahead.”

“We’re very happy to be host to the Victorian Youth/Senior State Championships for the next two years,” says Lorne SLSC President Paul McMaster. “We can’t wait to let the friendly rivalry begin on our home turf.”

The events can be put on thanks to the generous support of Surf Life Saving Australia sponsors Westpac, DHL and Holden.

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