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Mollymook to host NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships

In a major coup for the Shoalhaven, Mollymook has been announced as the host of the 2014 and 2015 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships.

Taking place from 17-19 January 2014, the event will attract competitors from every non-metropolitan surf life saving branch in the state.

This major surf sports carnival has not been held in the south since 2001 with the championships expected to bring more than $2 million dollars to the area each year (based on Tourism Australia analysis).

A total of 5000 people are expected to attend, including around 1500 competitors, hundreds of officials and volunteers and a large contingent of supporters and families.

Shoalhaven City Council won the bid to host the event, coming in ahead of three other NSW councils, highlighting the benefits and the significant economic impact the event will bring to the region.

The major event supporter, Stramit Building Products, has renewed its naming rights sponsorship for a further five years.

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash described the event as a tremendous boost to sports tourism in the region as she congratulated Stramit and Mollymook SLSC on hosting the event for the next two years.

“Shoalhaven City Council is extremely proud to be co-hosting the Championships,” said Clr Gash.

“Council has a long history of bringing sporting events to the Shoalhaven and this is a further example of our commitment to sports tourism in the area.

"Hosting an event of this scale takes enormous commitment at all levels however the more we can showcase our region and boost the profile of surf lifesaving the better.”

President of Surf Life Saving NSW, Tony Haven said the main stretch of Mollymook beach was more than adequate in length to stage the numerous water and beach competition areas.

"Mollymook more than meets the requirements to successfully stage an event of this size," said Mr Haven.

"It's a fantastic location and is sure to highlight the great natural beauty and huge tourism potential of the region."

Mollymook club President, Rod Austin, said his committed team of volunteers were looking forward to welcoming elite surf sports competitors from around the state for three days of action on the beach and in the water.

"We're extremely excited to be hosting the Country Championships for the next two years," said Mr Austin.

"We worked hard to satisfy the requirements of the bid process and can't wait to show the rest of the state what we can do."

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