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Gold Coast to host 2024 Lifesaving World Championships

After 30 years, the Lifesaving World Championships are returning to Queensland.

More than 5,000 competitors from roughly 50 countries will flock to the Gold Coast in 2024, after the city was officially named by the International Life Saving Federation as the host venue for the sport’s most prestigious event.

The World Championships, which were last held in Queensland back in 1988, will split competition between Kurrawa Beach and the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre over 17 days of action in late August and early September.

International Life Saving President Graham Ford AM welcomed the announcement.

“The International Life Saving Federation is very excited about bringing the Lifesaving World Championships to the Gold Coast. The championships haven’t been held on the Gold Coast since 1988, which is an extraordinary period of time, and it’s fantastic to be bringing the event back in 2024,” Mr Ford said.

“There were a number of factors considered when making the decision; firstly Queensland’s success after the Commonwealth Games, the fact they can deliver large events on the Gold Coast, the Australian Championships is run there regularly, and the fact there’s infrastructure in place and a world-class swimming facility at Southport.

“I think the fact it hasn’t been held in Queensland since 1988 means it will attract a lot of international competitors, and we know that international competitors don’t just come for the event, they often stay on afterwards.

“Queensland has so many amazing tourist spots to go to, and I think you’ll find the majority of athletes will be staying and spending time in Queensland.”

Surf Life Saving Queensland President Mark Fife OAM said it was incredibly exciting to see the Championships returning to the Gold Coast.

“Queensland is home to some of the world’s top beaches, many of them on the Gold Coast, and I can’t think of a better location to showcase our sport to the world,” he said.

“Some of lifesaving’s biggest names came up through the sport right here on the Gold Coast, and these championships will provide a new generation of athletes with the opportunity to make their own mark on the global stage.

“With more than 5,000 athletes from 50 countries expected to compete, it’s a great opportunity for our state and the Gold Coast, and everyone involved is committed to delivering a world-class sporting event.

“Thanks to the Queensland Government and the Council of the City of Gold Coast for their outstanding support, which has helped make this a reality,” he said.

Lifesaving World Championships – Fast Facts:

  • The Lifesaving World Championships were last held in Queensland in 1988, with competition back then on the Gold Coast.
  • The Championships are expected to attract more than 5,000 competitors from approximately 50 countries.
  • In addition, roughly 450 technical officials and 300 volunteers will be involved.
  • More than 12,000 spectators and supporters are also anticipated to converge on the Gold Coast across the duration of the event.
  • The economic impact is conservatively estimated to exceed $15 million.
  • Competition will be split between Kurrawa Beach and the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.
  • World Championship events include pool rescue, surf boats, inflatable rescue boats, surf ski, board, surf swims, team events, beach sprints and flags, and the ironman/woman.
  • Age groups include Masters (30+ years), Open (19+ years) and Youth (15-18 years).


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