WE TAKE ON THE WORLD
In 2014 Adelaide won the bid to host the Lifesaving World Championships (LWC2018). This is the first time a city has successfully bidded to host the championships for a second time.LWC2018 will be held at Glenelg beach and the South Australian Aquatic & Leisure Centre and will include a number of Interclub and National competitions including ocean, beach, pool, IRB and surf boat events.
The Lifesaving World Championships, held every 2 years, is the largest lifesaving event in the world and with the addition of the World Youth Championships to the program, LWC 2018 is set to be the largest lifesaving event ever held. 6000 athletes from around the world are expected to compete with an additional 1000 officials and volunteers assisting with the event.
Surf Life Saving SA President John Baker said "With the introduction of a Youth Championships, LWC2018 is likely to be the biggest Life Saving World Championships ever held." He said "hosting this will give us a great opportunity to profile our iconic sport as well as the important role we play as an emergency service."
International Lifesaving Federation Secretary General Dr. Harald Vervaecke PhD said “it was the first time the Lifesaving World Championships would return to a previous host city. It’s surely a proof that the lifesaving family – and especially the competitors – had a wonderful time and experience in 2012 in South Australia. “
Enhancing the profile of Life Saving in South Australia is a key priority for the event for Surf Life Saving SA as it will create a lasting legacy for clubs and broadening Life Saving's engagement with the public at a State level, especially focussing on families and inspiring youth to become a part of the Life Saving movement.
LWC2018 is supported by our major partner Events South Australia.
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