Surf lifesavers from around the country are counting down to this year’s Aussies – the 2012 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships at Kurrawa Beach on the Gold Coast.
Between March 26 and April 1, more than 7000 competitors from every State in Australia will converge on Queensland’s glitter strip for the biggest carnival of the year and one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
It will be the culmination of a month of “Surf Sports” action that will feature the State Championships in Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia, NSW and Queensland with the champions coming together for a final show down at Kurrawa.
“The Aussies is the culmination of a tough summer of surf sports and beach patrols for our surf lifesavers,” said SLSA general manager ofsport, Dave Thompson.
“It is their celebration of a very busy and successful season.”
From the country’s leading Ironmen and Ironwomen to Olympians in the surf and craft, the brawn of the boaties, the speed of the beachies and the precision of the Lifesaving, Rescue and Resuscitation and March Past, surf lifesavers will swarm to Kurrawa to test their skills in the surf.
From the under 16s to the over 70s – Australia’s fittest surf lifesavers, who patrol our beaches all summer, will chase that elusive Aussies gold.
The Masters will kick start the program on Monday and Tuesday, March 26 and March 27 before open competition starts on Wednesday March 28 and culminates in the Sunday finals on April 1.
For many lifesavers, just to make it to the Aussies is a major feat; to qualify for a final is a huge achievement and to win a medal is against the odds.
The Aussies has become an institution among surf clubs from right around the vast Australian coastline and once again all roads will lead to Kurrawa – a beach that has become the spiritual home of Surf Life Saving Australia’s signature event.
The catch cry, “For the Club, for the Joy for the Aussies” has also become synonymous with the Championships in recent years and this year’s promotion features photos of Maroochydore’s under 19 women’s surf teams after winning gold at last year’s Aussies.
It is an illustration of the joy of winning and being part of a team.
You can follow this year’s Aussies on the SLSA website, through facebook and twitter with the most comprehensive coverage ever of the Aussies.
Tune in and follow all the results of the “Surf Sports” month as we countdown to Aussies 2012.
WHAT’S ON AROUND THE COUNTRY IN THE COUNTDOWN TO THE 2012 AUSSIES
SURF LIFESAVING WA, STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Masters:Fremantle, February 19,
R and R and Belt Championships:Trigg Island, February 26,
Opens:Scarboro, March 3, 4
Juniors:Fremantle, March 10, 11
SURF LIFESAVING SOUTH AUSTRALIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Masters:Port Elliot, February 25, 26
Opens:South Port, March 10, 11
Juniors:Seacliff, March 17, 18
SURF LIFESAVING TASMANIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Masters: Devonport, February 25
Lifesaving:Devonport, February 26
Juniors:Carlton Park, March 3
Opens:Carlton Park, March 4
ALL-PHONES NSW STATE SURF LIFESAVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Juniors:Kingscliff, March 2-4
Masters, Opens: Kingscliff March 8, 9, 10, 11
2012 VICTORIAN LIFESAVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Juniors:Lorne, March 3, 4,
Opens:Anglesea, March 10, 11
2012 QUEENSLAND STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Juniors: Maroochydore, March 9, 10, 11,
Crazy John’s Masters, Opens:Kurrawa, March 16, 17, 18,
AUSTRALIAN SURF LIFESAVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Masters:Kurrawa, March 26, 27,
Opens:Kurrawa, March 28-April 1
The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships is supported by the Queensland Government, through Events Queensland.