Alex Heads and Maroochydore to host lifesaving elite at 2018 Queensland Championships

Thousands of the state’s top athletes will flock to Alexandra Headland and Maroochydore next year after they were announced as the host venues for the 2018 Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships.

The 2018 Youth Championships will be held at Alexandra Headland across three days from March 2-4, before some of the sport’s biggest names descend on Maroochydore for the Senior Championships from March 16-18.

In total, more than 3,000 athletes from as far north as Port Douglas right through to the southern tip of the Gold Coast are expected to line up at Surf Life Saving Queensland’s (SLSQ) pinnacle sporting event.

SLSQ sports manager Stuart Hogben said it was exciting to be bringing the Championships back to the Sunshine Coast.

“The Queensland Championships is our premier sporting competition each year, attracting thousands of surf lifesavers from across the state, and it’s great to be bringing it back to the Sunshine Coast,” he said.

“We last held the Queensland Championships on the Sunshine Coast in 2015, with great success, and it’s always a fantastic location for us, with tremendous support from Sunshine Coast Regional Council,” he said.

Mr Hogben said it would be a great opportunity for locals to see some of the sport’s elite in action.

“With next year’s Australian Championships set to be held interstate, this could be one of the few opportunities for a lot of people to see some of the sport’s biggest names in action,” he said.

“It’s not often you get to see the likes of Matt Poole, Shannon Eckstein, Caine Eckstein, Ali Day, Jordan Mercer, Courtney Hancock and plenty more all competing at the one event.

“It’s going to be a sensational few weeks of racing, starting with our Youth Championships and finishing with the Masters and Senior competitions.”

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