Following updated advice from health authorities, Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) today announced it will be cancelling the 2020 Queensland Youth, Seniors, and Open Surf Life Saving Championships.
The decision comes after government recommendations today that all non-essential public gatherings of more than 500 people be cancelled in the interests of safety.
The championships were scheduled to be held on the Sunshine Coast over two weekends, from March 20-22 and March 27-29, with more than 3,000 surf lifesavers expected to line up across the six days of competition.
SLSQ sports manager Stuart Hogben said the safety of members was the number one priority in making the decision.
“While we’d obviously love the competition to continue, it’s important to note the health and wellbeing of our members, volunteers, and officials remains paramount, and is the number one priority for us at all times,” he said.
“Unfortunately, the updated advice coming from health experts this afternoon left us with no other option but to cancel this year’s championships in the interests of safety.
“We thank all competitors and clubs for their understanding, and we’ll continue to provide further updates as required.”