Pro a top pri­or­ity

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport - De­clan Bush

Surf­ing WA’s chief ex­ec­u­tive is hop­ing for a bright fu­ture for the sport in 2017 as the com­pe­ti­tion cal­en­dar kicks off for the year.

Mark Lane told the Times Surf­ing WA’s year ahead was “fairly well padded out” with events, pro­grams and club ini­tia­tives.

“Our 2017 events cal­en­dar has been re­duced slightly to move events out of cer­tain pe­ri­ods — due mainly to weather and safety con­sid­er­a­tions,” he said.

Mr Lane said keep­ing the Mar­garet River Pro on the World Surf League’s cham­pi­onship tour was the group’s ma­jor fo­cus for the year.

“Ob­vi­ously we are work­ing hard on se­cur­ing an out­come for the Mar­garet River Pro for 2018 and be­yond,” he said.

“Those dis­cus­sions con­tinue with our var­i­ous spon­sors and the World Surf League.”

Mr Lane said the or­gan­i­sa­tion had con­tin­ued sup­port from the Depart­ment of Sport and Re­cre­ation, Health­way, HIF, and RAC, with more spon­sors for in­di­vid­ual events dur­ing the year.

“Hav­ing had sev­eral plan­ning ses­sions with our board and staff, our out­look is re­ally very pos­i­tive,” he said.

“Hav­ing 60 per cent of our mem­ber­ship in re­gional ar­eas, we have en­sured that re­sources are in­vested ac­cord­ingly.”

Mr Lane said the group would con­tinue to sup­port lo­cal surf­ing tal­ent.

He said a Statewide ini­tia­tive would be an­nounced in March, with more de­tails to be re­leased in com­ing weeks.

We are work­ing hard on se­cur­ing an out­come for the Mar­garet River Pro for 2018 and be­yond. Mark Lane

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