Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade; Hydrogen Industry; Tourism; Science

Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Minister for Culture and the Arts; Sport and Recreation; International Education; Heritage

    The Aussies open for competitors in spectacular event for WA

    23/11/2022 9:30 AM
    • Australian Surf Life Saving Championships returning to WA next year
    • Registrations open for clubs across the nation to compete in The Aussies
    • Thousands of competitors and visitors to boost local economy

    Registrations are now open for one of Western Australia's biggest mass participation events of 2023.


    The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, known as The Aussies, is a nine-day national competition at Scarborough and Trigg beaches from 25 March to 2 April.


    The event will attract thousands of surf lifesavers from around Australia, with thousands more spectators visiting WA to cheer them on.


    When The Aussies were last held in WA in 2018, more than 8,500 interstate and international visitors generated more than $15 million in visitor spend.


    Australia's 314 surf life-saving clubs, including 31 from WA, will have the opportunity to compete in 480 beach and ocean events across three age group categories - Youth, Masters and Open.


    This includes the more than 24,000 members of surf life-saving clubs throughout WA.


    Scarborough Beach will also host a festival zone during the competition, which will include a wide range of activities to add to the event experience.


    More than 80,000 followers of Surf Life Saving Australia's Facebook page will also be able to view the action at WA's renowned beaches via a livestream of the event, which will include promotion of WA in line with Tourism WA's new global tourism brand, Western Australia - Walking On A Dream.


    For more information visit sls.com.au/aussies


    Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Roger Cook:


    "It is terrific that this extremely popular competition on Western Australia's sporting events calendar will be returning to WA in 2023, and we're expecting an influx of registrations from surf life-saving clubs from across the country."


    "The Aussies provides a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase one of Western Australia's best tourism assets to participants and spectators - our world-class beaches and our fantastic weather - at one of the best times of the year to visit.


    "I encourage visitors from out-of-State to come to WA during this time to experience all the adrenalin and excitement that this mass participation event has to offer, while soaking up the sun and taking in some of our unique coastal tourist attractions during their stay."


    Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman:


    "Surf life-saving clubs are an integral part of Australian beach culture, with the aim of keeping beachgoers safe, as well as educating them about recreational water safety and surf rescue.


    "This event provides a wonderful opportunity for the best athletes from across Australia to showcase their skills across the range of surf sport disciplines.


    "The WA Government is proud to support another hugely popular mass participation event that also raises the profile of the sport while attracting visitors to the State."


    Comments attributed to Scarborough MLA Stuart Aubrey:


    "Hosting the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the incredible arts, cultural and entertainment precinct that is Scarborough to thousands of interstate visitors.


    "As Western Australia's premier beachside destination, there is no better place in WA than Scarborough to host the 2023 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships."


    Tourism Minister's office - 6552 6500

    Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5400