New South Wales is home to a number of exciting spearfishing competitions and championships.
The Canada Cup is Australia’s longest standing spearfishing competition. With origins dating back to 1952, this years Canada Cup marks the 61st year of the competition! The Canada Cup spearfishing competition attracts competitors of all levels from as far as NZ, and notable divers including eight-time Australian spearfishing champion Ian Puckeridge, to compete for the top places. But competitive spearfishing isn’t just about the competition, it also offers a great opportunity to improve spearfishing skills, meet new divers, and have a great social gathering.
2013 Canada Cup
When: Sunday 10th February 2013
Where: Terrigal Haven. Sign-on 7am. Meet at top of Terrigal Haven Car park area.
Time: Competition will run from 8am till 2:30pm.
Extras: BBQ at weighin
Presentation: will follow weigh in at approx 4pm.
Cost: Seniors $50. Juniors $30.
Accommodation: can be obtained by looking at www.visitcentralcoast.com.
The top ten places.
Competition score sheet will be based on Sydney Metro zone score sheet
The Eden 3 Way State Championship spearfishing competition is held in winter and is a highly competitive 1 day event which has been running for 42 years. Over the years of 2009 and 2010 there was 100 spearfishing competitors which cements the Eden 3 way state championship as one of the biggest events on the east coast. This spearfishing competition is all about the beautiful weather, great location and showcasing the perseverance and skill of the competitors.
The Far South Coast Spearfishing Championships are held annually in Narooma. They are proudly hosted by the south coast skindivers club. With a fantastic junior division, this spearfishing competition is famous for its rock hopping and good quality kingies that are caught.
The South Coast Spearfishing Championships are held annually in March for 2 days in Huskisson, Jervis Bay, New South Wales. There is usually a large turnout which makes for some tough competition and an exciting spearfishing event.
The Taylor shield competition is held every month on the first Sunday. The spearfishing competition dates back to the early 60’s. In the height of spearfishing popularity, the early 70’s, there were many clubs on the south coast, all of them being a part of the two zones in the region, the southern zone and the far southern zone. Gradually less competitors were competing so smaller clubs weren’t able to function with so few members, they ended up joining up with bigger clubs such as the South Coast Skindivers Club. Nowadays the Taylor Shield’s competitors comprise of the Barracudas and the Reversby Workers Club. The points system sees each competitor dive for individual points and for their club’s score. The eventual sum of these points decides the winner of the Shield over the year.