ICONIC COOLANGATTA GOLD RACE RETURNS TO THE GOLD COAST AND TELEVISIONS
Surf Life Saving Australia’s (SLSA) iconic Coolangatta Gold returns to the Gold Coast this weekend November 13-14, 2021 following the cancellation of the event in 2020 due to COVID-19.
The 42km Coolangatta Gold is the toughest endurance race on the SLSA surf sports calendar which traditionally attracts competitors from across the country with the current impact of COVID-19 limiting the competitors to predominantly Queenslanders.
This year the course will see Coolangatta become the central transition point to account for the reduction in volunteers and officials who travel from New South Wales and Victoria to assist with water safety and event delivery.
SLSA Sport Manager Wayne Druery said that competitors and clubs are so excited that this iconic race has been able to go ahead despite challenges as it signals what is traditionally the start of the summer competition.
“The Coolangatta Gold is such an iconic race, steeped in history and we are delighted to see it return this weekend,” said Druery.
“For so many it signifies the start of the surf sport season and whilst disappointed that not everyone from across the country is able to get to Queensland, the season is here and there are many events to come in the next few months.
“This year all of the transition points will be in and out of Coolangatta,” added Druery.
“This was necessary due to the limitations on water and safety officials who are unable to travel into Queensland in support of the event but it should make for a great spectacle for those who are able to come along and see all the action first-hand.”
The 2021 Coolangatta Gold is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and is a feature on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.
*The Coolangatta Gold will be broadcast on Channel 9 on December 12 between 12-2pm
- Short course – 21.5km
- Short course team event
- Youth Challenge event
- Long course – 41.8km
- Long course teams event