In 2018 Surf Life Saving Australia’s largest National Championships, The Aussies, will return to Perth
The world’s biggest surf sports carnival will return to Western Australia following the announcement of Scarborough Beach as the host of the 2018 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.
It will be the first time The Aussies will be held in Western Australia since the highly successful Championships held at Scarborough Beach in 2014.
“We are delighted to confirm we are headed back to Western Australia. The Aussies is a truly national event and it is fantastic that our athletes, officials and volunteers have the opportunity to experience the incredible conditions and hospitality of the west coast,” Surf Life Saving Australia President Graham Ford said.
“It was a brilliant event when we were last in Western Australia in 2014 and I have no doubt 2018 will surpass even the high standards that were set then.”
Western Australia Premier and Minister for Tourism Colin Barnett said securing The Aussies was a major coup for Western Australia.
“When the Championships was last held at Scarborough in 2014, it attracted almost 8,000 visitors who spent $12.4 million during the seven days of the event,” Mr Barnett said.
“We’re hoping to see another great turnout and economic boost when the championships return in March 2018.”
With the Scarborough foreshore undergoing a major redevelopment, Deputy Premier and Scarborough MP Liza Harvey said hosting the Aussies in 2018 was the perfect way to show off the “new look” Scarborough to the rest of Australia.
“Scarborough Beach is an important coastal tourism precinct because of its natural beauty and it has the highest concentration of accommodation in the metropolitan area outside the CBD,” Mrs Harvey said.
“The State Government has invested $30 million in revitalising Scarborough to help transform it into a world-class destination and tourist hotspot.
“With work due to be completed in 2017, the timing of the 2018 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships couldn’t be better.”