After three years at South West Rocks, the Envirobank Country SLSC Championships will be moving to a new home from 2019 at Kingscliff Beach, hosted by the Cudgen Headland club.
Cudgen Headland will host both the 2019 and 2020 editions of the event.
The decision ends a 15-year absence from far north coast beaches with the last Country Champs to be held in the region taking place at Kingscliff back in 2003.
Since that time Byron Bay and Cudgen Headland have emerged as two of the strongest clubs in country NSW, engaging in some titanic struggles in recent seasons with the latter actually ending Byron’s incredible championship winning streak at South West Rocks in 2017.
The prospect of the two rivals clashing in home waters is one to savour, although by the time the competition rolls around there will certainly be some fresh challengers for the title.
Surf Life Saving NSW surf sport manager Rob Pidgeon said Cudgen Headland mounted a compelling case during the bidding process.
‘They have a fantastic beach at Kingscliff and the redevelopment on the foreshore will give the opportunity for spectators to enjoy the atmosphere of the championships,’ said Mr Pidgeon.
‘We are excited to be in partnership with the Cudgen Headland SLSC and acknowledge the essential support provided by Tweed Shire Council in delivering this important event for our members, and we are confident it will give a boost to the local economy with an estimated 1,500 competitors, officials, and supporters expected to make the journey,’ he said.
Cudgen makes country team
For the first time NSW will be sending two teams to the annual Interstate Championships after a country team was endorsed to travel to next month’s event in South Australia.
Twelve lucky athletes were ultimately selected for this historic squad with athletes having to register for a club outside the Hunter-Illawarra corridor and be an open competitor to be eligible for selection.
Eight Cudgen club members have made the squad: Luke Chaffer, Claudia Crawford, Joshua Jones, Steine Lofts, Angus Macphail, Jayden Mandall, Hayley Smith and Sarah Wilson.