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Victory for Bay

EXCITED: The members of Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club are thrilled the 2013 Queensland Junior Surf Lifesaving titles are coming to the Bay.
EXCITED: The members of Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club are thrilled the 2013 Queensland Junior Surf Lifesaving titles are coming to the Bay. Karleila Thomsen

THE Fraser Coast has won the rights to another major sporting event.

The 2013 Queensland Junior Surf Lifesaving titles are coming our way and with it, an expected turn-up of more than 5000 people.

Hervey Bay Surf Lifesaving spokesman Darren Everard said the sports carnival provided the perfect opportunity to showcase the region to families from across the state.

"The club has been working hard to secure this event for the past two years," Mr Everard said.

"The Fraser Coast Regional Council has been behind the push and it presents another great opportunity for local businesses. The carnival's success is critical to ensuring Hervey Bay SLSA can fulfil its goal of hosting the Queensland titles on a regular basis."

One of the big advantages Hervey Bay has over other venues is a perfect beach environment for nippers.

The local calm, stinger-free waters should give about 1600 young nippers aged 11 to 14 the safest possible environment to compete in and it has the potential to put the district on the junior lifesaving map.

Mr Everard predicted millions of dollars would be pumped into the local economy as visitors packed the Fraser Coast.

"This will also provide a membership boost for the local club over the next 12 months," he said.

Mr Everard said having the event in Hervey Bay would also make competing at the top level more affordable for local members.



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