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World Water Ski Championships

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will use its $40 million Events Bid Fund to bid for the World Water Ski Championships in 2021.

The Opportunity

The World Water Ski Championships (WWSC) are held every second year and were awarded to New Zealand in 2015, Seattle in 2017 and Malaysia in 2019.

This international event brings together the world’s best ski racers competing for the prestige of being crowned World Champion.

The proponents of this event have previously stated that the Torrens is an ideal location to host the WWSC.

It’s estimated the event could generate $10 million for the state economy and has a worldwide viewership of 300 million.

The international exposure from hosting this event would clearly greatly benefit South Australia’s international tourism reputation and would showcase the billions of dollars of recent investment in the Riverbank precinct.

Water-skiing is also a significant component of Australia’s recreational culture, especially in South Australia, given proximity to the Murray River.

The Australian Water-ski and Wakeboard Federation estimate that there are 3,500 registered competitive participants of the sport in Australia, with approximately 1.3 million unregistered participants.

The State Liberals' Plan

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will use its $40 million Events Bid Fund to bid for the World Water Ski Championships in 2021.

It is proposed that the WWSC would be held on the Torrens in the CBD, west of the Morphett street bridge.

It would be held over two weeks, with the formalities being concentrated around a 5-6 day period (dependent on weather). Aside from the WWSC, the International World Water Ski Congress meeting is held in the preceding or following week, attracting a host of international delegates.

This event is proposed to be held in September, which would assist with filling out South Australia’s events calendar.