The Skullcandy Oz Grom Open will receive $20,000 in funding from NSW government for this year’s event as part of the 2018 Flagship Event Fund.
Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin and the Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshal announced the funding earlier this week during a visit to Lennox Head, presenting a giant cheque to a group of representative local surfers including up-and-comers Nyxie and Dembe Ryan, and Mikey McDonagh.
Minister Marshall said that the event is one of 35 events across regional NSW that will receive grants through the 2018 Flagship Event Fund. It’s the first time that Skullcandy has received government funding of this magnitude, which is designed to help the management team to promote the event.
‘The fund supports events which reflect the unique character, culture and attributes of their local community,’ Mr Marshall said.
According to Ben Franklin, ‘Lennox Head is the home of some extraordinary local surfers like Mikey McDonagh who I am thrilled was able to join us today. Mikey finished in the top four of the Australian Pro Junior Championships last year which gained him entry into the World Championships – an extraordinary feat. He also won the Under 16 section of the competition last year.’
‘This year the competition will be held from 13 to 18 July. If you are a young surfer I encourage you to get involved. Otherwise I welcome everyone to join me in the spectators stand,’ he said.