ASB MAGAZINE: Surfing Queensland announced they are closing the gap between gender inequality with a step toward equal prize money in this year’s Queensland Championship Circuit (QCC). In summary, there is a base prize money amount of $750 AUD per event, with 25% of their gender-specific entry fees on top. The more entries there are in the division, the more prize money will be awarded. The announcement comes before the QCC’s opening event this weekend, the annual Michael Peterson classic at Kirra point on the Gold Coast, named after legendary Gold Coast surfer Michael Peterson.
The Open Men’s QCC has long been Surfing Queensland’s premier event series and includes stops at some of the state’s most iconic breaks including Currumbin Alley and Kirra Point on the Gold Coast. In 2018, the introduction of the Open Women’s division to the series provided the state’s best female surfers with a greater platform to further develop their competitive surfing alongside Queensland’s best male surfers.
Surfing Queensland’s CEO Adam Yates is proud to be closing the gap between gender inequalities in the global sporting industry.
“We’re excited to be offering equal prize money in this year’s QCC series,” said Yates. “This is Queensland’s premier event series and we’re excited to once again be offering women the same competitive opportunities as the males. This year’s QCC series should be massive.”
The 2018 QCC open women’s champion Sasha Baker (Mudjimba, QLD) is excited to get her 2019 QCC campaign underway after a solid performance at the 2019 Gold Coast Open last week.
“It’s great that there are more events for Women to compete in now,” said Baker. “I’d like to defend my title this year, but these events are also just great preparation for the QS’s and Pro Juniors coming up. I’m looking forward to surfing more heats and getting back in the rash shirt.”
Gold Coast surfer Nick Vasicek, who has taken out the open men’s division in 2009, 2013 and 2014 – is looking forward to the MP classic this weekend, and potentially a 4th QCC win down the line.
“It’s definitely a fun series, having fun is a huge part of it,” said Vasicek. “It looks like we should have some waves, so I’m looking forward to the contest. I really want to win the MP Classic, it’s the only QCC event I haven’t won – I would love to win it for the prestige. The prize money is always a bonus too!”
The three-event series will kick off with the MP classic at Kirra Point on the 18th-19thMay 2019 and wrap up with the Sunshine Coast Pro and Alley Classic in June. The winners and runner-up’s of the 2019 QCC series will scores themselves a spot at the 2020 Quiksilver and Boost Mobile Pro Trials, Snapper Rocks.
2019 Queensland Championship Circuit
MP Classic (Kirra Point) – 18th-19th May 2019
Sunshine Coast Pro (Sunshine Coast) – 1st-2nd June 2019
Alley Classic (Currumbin Alley) – 29th-30th June 2019
The 2019 Queensland Championship Circuit is proudly presented by H2Coco, Mercedes Benz Gold Coast, Surfing World Magazine, Coastal Watch Plus, Air Asia, The Queensland Government and Surfing Queensland.
For more information head to www.surfingqueensland.com.au
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