SURF LIFE SAVING AUSTRALIA ADAPT COOLANGATTA LONG COURSE FOR 2021
After a cancellation in 2020, Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) is pulling out all stops to ensure the 2021 Coolangatta Gold will go ahead as scheduled on 14 November 2021.
The iconic race, one of the marquee events on the SLSA surf sports calendar, is the toughest endurance race on the calendar, traditionally battled out over the length of the Gold Coast.
With the uncertainty of COVID-19 restrictions still in place for the Queensland border, SLSA is taking steps to ensure the event will go ahead for those who are able to travel to Coolangatta and putting in additional steps for the event delivery.
Among the biggest changes will be that to the course, which normally stretches the length of the Gold Coast with numerous transition points along the way. But with the number of volunteers, officials and water safety from southern States uncertain, SLSA has changed the format so that Coolangatta becomes the only transition point for the race.
SLSA Sport Manager, Wayne Druery, said the changes wouldn’t impact the integrity of the event but rather adapt it to ensure it can be delivered.
“While we are uncertain on when borders will reopen in Queensland, we are working to deliver the 2021 Coolangatta Gold and that means thinking differently about how we do this,” he said.
“The Coolangatta Gold not only attracts competitors from across the country, but also relies on volunteers, officials and water safety personnel from other States, meaning we need to cater for a reduced workforce.
“By having the only event transition point at Coolangatta, we will be able to reduce the event’s logistical footprint along the Gold Coast while still providing a wonderful sporting spectacle for fans on the beach. A free sporting event for the whole family.
“Our hope is that anyone who wants to take part in the Coolangatta Gold will be able to attend, but in these uncertain times we need to forge ahead to give those who are able to take part the opportunity to race.
“We have more national events coming up over summer that we will have announcements for in the coming weeks. For now all eyes are on Coolangatta as the Gold returns in 2021 with many of our recent champions set to line up.”
There are no changes or adaptations to the other categories of the Coolangatta Gold event, with the short course and youth challenge taking place on Saturday 13 November.
Normal entries for the Coolangatta Gold close on Sunday 31 October at 5:00PM AEDT.
For more information on entries, course maps and circulars for the event – please click here.
Events – Coolangatta Beach, Gold Coast, QLD
- Short course – 21.5km
- Short course teams event
- Youth event
- Long course – 41.8km
- Long course teams event