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Here comes the Lifesaving World Championships!
Glenelg businesses are hoping to ride high on a strong surge of trade accompanying this month’s Lifesaving World Championships.
More than 4400 lifesavers from 40 countries will head to Glenelg between November 16 to December 2.
The event was last held in Adelaide in 2012, when it generated a $16.5 million boost to the state economy. Holdfast Bay acting mayor Amanda Wilson expected that figure “to be exceeded” this year – with much of it spent locally.
“It’s bigger than 2012,” Ms Wilson said. “It will be the biggest sporting carnival the City of Holdfast Bay has ever hosted.”
She said the influx of competitors and their families would “be great for the Jetty Rd traders” and accommodation venues.
“I believe most (visitors) are staying as local as they can,” she said.
“It’s great exposure for all of Holdfast Bay, and in particular Glenelg and Jetty Rd. It will put Glenelg on the world map as a destination for people who love the water to come and visit.
“It’s a low investment base for an incredibly high yield – and these are the events we’re really want to focus on to stimulate our economy,” she said.
Accommodation specialist Let Smart reported strong bookings for the 16-day period across its 34 premises in Glenelg, Plympton, Glenelg North and Glenelg South.
“We’re not completely booked out yet – we’ve still got three apartments left – but I’m sure we will be by the time the event comes around,” a spokesperson said.
Jetty Rd Mainstreet Committee chairman Mark Faulkner said Bay businesses were “stoked” to have a world event in their backyard.
“It’s a great thing for Glenelg to have so many interstate and overseas visitors strolling down the street,” he said.
Jocelyn Liddell, of the I Love Glenelg gift store, said that “after the quiet winter” the event would be a welcome boost.
“It gives us an opportunity to show how beautiful Glenelg is and how welcoming our community is,” she said. “Hopefully they’ll come into the store and take a little piece of Glenelg and Adelaide home with them.”
Jake Greenrod, of the Goodlife pizza restaurant, echoed her sentiments.
“It will definitely mean increased trade for us,” he said. “I’ve already taken a couple of bookings from the Australian team.
All events are free for spectators at Glenelg.
For details: Lifesaving2018.com