Craig Harland

Surfing Queensland, the governing body for the sport of surfing in Queensland, has received a timely boost, with the appointment of Craig Harland as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Harland replaces Andrew Stark, who served Surfing Queensland for the past eight years, before recently accepting a position with Surfing Australia and the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Australia.

Harland accepted the role of CEO from his post as Manager of NBN Television, a company in which he has worked for 14 years.

Surfing Queensland President Joe O’Neil says Harland’s selection is a step in the right direction for the not-for-profit sporting organisation, which is based at Burleigh Heads.

“Craig’s media background will certainly increase Surfing Queensland’s portfolio,” he said.

“An avid surfer as well, this highlights his uniqueness in his new position as CEO and he will be an extremely valuable asset to the Surfing Queensland team.”

Harland is equally excited with his appointment.

“I’m looking forward to the new role and challenge ahead,” he said.

“Surfing has always been a passion of mine as a sport and lifestyle, and with my media and advertising management background I have some new strategies which I feel will grow the sport in Queensland. I would like to work closely with the national body as a joint force for the best interest of surfing as a sport at every level.”

Surfing Queensland was established in 1964 to develop the sport of surfing in Queensland. Today, Surfing Queensland is a rapidly expanding sporting association committed to servicing the community at large.

Surfing Queensland’s present geographic coverage ranges from Coolangatta to Mackay.

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