Sport year in review: January to March
Jordan Gusman started the year by winning his fifth consecutive Sawtell Fun Run, bettering his own race record by 26 seconds. Karlie Swanson was the fastest female runner by more than two minutes.
- For the second straight year 80-foot maxi Beau Geste claims line honours in the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour yacht race. The crew's disappointment at missing the race record by just 16 minutes was tempered somewhat by winning the handicap honours for the race as well.
- In a world first, the Pink Silks Ladies Race Day featured a race that had all female jockeys, all female horses and a female race caller. The Brett Ballamy trained Bonne Cheval won that race while Friendinlowplaces was the winner of the Pink Silks Cup.
- Runaway won line honours in the Bartercard Coffs to Paradise yacht race.
- Sawtell SLSC president Leanne James was a bit cheeky when she asked for Premier Mike Baird's support regarding the club's plans to redevelop its 35 year-old clubhouse. It's a move that may pay off as the club pursues funding for the project.
- Sawtell batsman Trent Dierick became just the fourth local batsman to score a century in the 60-year history of the Northern NSW Emu tours to New Zealand.
- Matt Moss captured the annual Shoot Out in the Stadium MX held at Coffs Harbour Showground.
- Nana Glen wins the the Twenty20 Sommers Cup trophy after remaining undefeated throughout the tournament.
- Jason Barby fired an incredible 8-under 62 on the East Lakes course at Coffs Harbour Golf Club during a Saturday competition round.
- Urunga SLSC avoids heavy sanctions from Surf Life Saving NSW for breaching patrol obligations for a short period on Christmas day.
The Sydney Swans spent four days in Coffs Harbour for a training camp ahead of the 2017 AFL season.
- Diggers stalwart Steve Meakins played his 300th first grade game for the club.
- Coffs Harbour SLSC finished third on the pointscore table at the NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships while Sawtell finished fifth.
- Shane Cutmore made it back-to-back Mid North Coast Golf Championships after winning a playoff at Coffs Harbour over Jason Barby.
- Young cyclist Asher Fawle wins gold in the under-13 individual time trial at the Junior State Championships held in Dubbo. Asher also won a silver in the sprint while Kalani McClennon won two bronze medals.
- Oztag players and their families from all around the state made their way to Coffs Harbour to play in the NSW Oztag Junior State Cup.
- Nambucca Valley DCA proved kings of the North Coast representative jungle after easily defeating Coffs Harbour DCA in the interdistrict final.
- Coffs Harbour Sporting Shooters host the Australian Rimfire Championships with one shooter, Alan Marsh, shooting an Australian record from 50 yards in the LB division.
- An unbeaten partnership of 120 runs between NSW pair Ben Rohrer and Trent Copeland steered the Blues to outright points in the Sheffield Shield match played against South Australia at C.ex Coffs International Stadium.
Coffs Harbour Boardriders Club awarded the Simon Anderson Award as Surfing Australia's Club of the Year.
- Coffs Coast cricket fans pray NSW finishes on top of the Sheffield Shield table after Cricket Australia approves C.ex Coffs International Stadium as the venue for the final should the Blues earn hosting rights. Sadly it was South Australia that hosted the final.
- Skindogs win a high scoring final against the South Coast Wanderers to claim the Ella Sevens title at C.ex Coffs International Stadium.
- Yamba triathlete Lindsey Wall is first across the line in the bcu Coffs Tri while Holly Khan from the Central Coast was the first female triathlete across the line.
- Avondale member Sharon Thompson shoots the lights out over two days to claim victory in the Qantaslink Ladies Classic at Bonville Golf Resort.
The Queensland Cowboys overcame the NSW Country Mavericks to win the Elite Eights men's crown of the National Touch League played at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium. In the women's Elite Eight final it was an all Sunshine State affair with the Queensland Broncos outclassing the Queensland Titans.
- There were plenty of medals won by North Coast representatives at the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships. Woolgoolga brought home a surf boat gold. Ky Kinsela blitzed the under-17 male surf race while fellow Sawtell competitors Tahlia Kollen and Sophie McConnachie won gold in the under-19 board rescue before claiming a silver medal in the under-17 division shortly afterwards. Coffs Harbour's Jack Pavey won a bronze medal in the under-17 board race while Liam Nisbet from Bellinger Valley-North Beach finished fourth in the under-15 flags event.
- Needing another 74 runs to win with only four wickets in hand, Sawtell pair Trent Dierick and Michael Oates produced a 70-run stand that ensured the Blue Caps won the first grade cricket grand final against Diggers.
- Lismore tennis player Brendan Moore continued his love affair with Coffs Harbour winning the Easter Open. Yuki Chang won the women's final.