Seven Surf Life Saving Clubs in the Manly electorate are among the 128 clubs competing in this year’s NSW Surf Life Saving Championships.

Member for Manly James Griffin said the State-wide event is being held at Queenscliff, Freshwater, Manly and North Steyne in the Manly electorate on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

“This is the biggest event in the calendar for Surf Life Saving NSW and it’s fantastic to have our own local lifesavers taking part right here in Manly,” Mr Griffin said.

“Representatives from the Dee Why, Freshwater, Manly, North Curl Curl, South Curl Curl, North Steyne and Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Clubs will be up against some very tough competition from other clubs across NSW.

“Our entire community joins me in wishing our local lifesavers all the very best over the coming week of competition.”

Over the 12 days of competition, 128 clubs are competing, with 6,000+ competitors, 400 officials and thousands of spectators.

Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience Steph Cooke said volunteer lifesavers play a crucial role in their local communities.

“The huge numbers of people visiting our coastline this summer has really highlighted why the work of our lifesavers is so important,” Ms Cooke said.

“We are very fortunate to have 21,000 volunteers across NSW who spend their weekends and public holidays between October and April patrolling at 129 locations so that locals and visitors can safely enjoy our beautiful beaches.”