Big numbers off to country champs
THIS weekend the best surf lifesavers on the North Coast will be making the trek down to Port Macquarie's Tacking Point for the NSW Country Championships.
While the competition is sure to be as intense as it always is, in a way this weekend is also about celebrating the boom in numbers that many Surf Life Saving Club's have experienced this summer.
Coffs Harbour Surf Life Saving Club are one of the many clubs to enjoy the rise in participation numbers and this rise is reflected in the fact that the club with the red, blue, white and gold caps will be competing this weekend with their largest number of junior and senior competitors entered in recent years.
A strong contingent of 100 lifesavers will be heading south for the weekend to compete on the sand and in the water in both individual and team events, from the under eights through to the more experienced masters.
Like all of the entrants for this weekend's State championship qualifiers, the Coffs Harbour competitors have been training throughout the season with the recent swell beneficial for the testing race conditions at Lighthouse Beach.
Club officials are confident that with the large numbers and the ongoing support of official team sponsor Ray Ellicott Concreting, their 2008/2009 Country Team can look forward to their most successful championships in many years.