Aussie ti­tles back to beach

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local -

THE Aussies Surf Life­sav­ing Cham­pi­onships will re­turn to Scar­bor­ough Beach in 2018 in line with the com­ple­tion of the Scar­bor­ough re­de­vel­op­ment.

Surf Life Sav­ing Aus­tralia (SLSA) pres­i­dent Gra­ham Ford said the Aussies were the “Com­mon­wealth Games” of the SLS world.

“The pur­pose of the Aussies is to bring our na­tional move­ment and the com­mu­nity to­gether in a cel­e­bra­tion of SLS tra­di­tion, cul­ture and sport,” he said.

“As surf life­savers we train and com­pete to save lives and it’s through com­pe­ti­tions that we hone our skills to be res­cueready.”

Scar­bor­ough MLA Liza Har­vey said the last time Scar­bor­ough hosted the 8000-com­peti­tor event in 2014 it brought in about $12.4 mil­lion to the WA econ­omy.

“It’s such good news for my lo­cal patch. I love this event and I vol­un­teered for this event in 2014,” she said.

“This will give the op­por­tu­nity to all the WA ath­letes and clubs to com­pete in the high lev­els, as it’s ob­vi­ously dif­fi­cult for West Aus­tralians to get to the east coast to com­pete.

“The WA ath­letes love hav­ing the Aussies here in Scar­bor­ough be­cause they get an op­por­tu­nity to com­pete on their home turf and on Aus­tralia’s best beach.”

Stir­ling Mayor Gio­vanni Ital­iano said he was “de­lighted” Tourism WA and SLSA were bring­ing the cham­pi­onships back to WA.

“The an­nounce­ment will be a boost for lo­cal busi­nesses and com­mu­nity groups, who have got­ten be­hind this event in the past and will no doubt get be­hind it again in 2018 to en­sure all com­peti­tors and vis­i­tors have a mem­o­rable stay dur­ing the event,” he said.

Jayde Hard­staff, Jack­son Sy­monds, Scar­bor­ough MLA Liza Har­vey and Jade Mickle.

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