The crowd at the 2013 Queensland Junior Life Saving Championships at Torquay beach.
The crowd at the 2013 Queensland Junior Life Saving Championships at Torquay beach. Alistair Brightman

Fraser Coast businesses boosted by junior lifesaving contest

THE three-day 2013 Queensland Surf Life Saving junior championships took over Torquay beach on the weekend as more than 1300 nippers competed, giving a welcome boost to hundreds of Fraser Coast businesses.

An estimated 4500 visitors travelled to Hervey Bay to watch or volunteer in the championships, which began on Friday.

Surf Life Saving Queensland marketing and communication manager Bill Brassington said while there was no clear estimate on the financial benefit to Hervey Bay, every business along the Esplanade between Torquay and Pialba would have benefited.

He said accommodation places right across the city would have also had a major boost.

"Everyone stayed right across Hervey Bay," he said.

Mr Brassington said at least 50 Fraser Coast businesses were also directly involved with the event.

He singled out volunteers at the Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club for the efforts to help organise the event, which he said was the biggest event for nippers across Queensland.

Mr Brassington said Hervey Bay would be looked at favourably for future location of the event.

He said this weekend's event was being touted as the best junior championship so far.



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