Friday, 25 January 2013

SYDNEY: Surfing NSW has kicked off their first Indigenous Surfing Program (ISP) for 2013 with an ocean awareness day at Maroubra for 21 kids from The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence at Redfern.

The kids aged between six and 12 spent the morning being put through their paces with beach games, swims and talks on ocean safety and awareness.

Lifeguards from Randwick City Council spoke to all participants about the dangers of rips, currents and the importance of remaining between the red and yellow flags.

Peter's Meats from Maroubra ensured the kids regained their energy with a BBQ before catching some waves in the afternoon with the instructors from 'Lets Go Surfing'.

All kids spent over an hour and a half learning the basics of surfing before a presentation where each participant walked away with a certificate and a bag of goodies.

Nathan Taylor, Programs Coordinator from the National Indigenous Centre of Excellence says: "It's great to see programs like the ISP getting involved in running a day for the kids to get involved in surfing and water safety."

"A lot of the kids don't get the opportunity to get in the water all that often, let alone learn how to surf and get educated on water safety."

"We'd love to see a few of the participants stick with surfing. All the programs we run, we use them as opportunities for growth and avenues they can potentially pursue down the track."

"All the kids and staff were raving about how well run the day was and how much fun they had. It'd be great to get involved again."

In 2013, Surfing NSW is looking forward to hosting the Indigenous Surfing Program (ISP) for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. The Surfing NSW 'ISP' aims to attract large numbers of young indigenous communities to beaches throughout the state. The program promotes health, enjoyment and wellbeing through surfing and ocean safety awareness, bringing positive education to remote and local indigenous communities.

Our principle partners, the NSW Government - Communities, Sport & Recreation and The Australian Government - Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport, continue to support this initiative and are aware of the benefits this program has on indigenous health and activity.

With participation increasing rapidly each year, Surfing NSW is excited about the continued growth and development of participants through the program.
For more information on the ISP please email or call (02) 9349 7055.

Located in the heart of Redfern, the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence is a place for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians from across the country to participate in life-changing programs in the pathways of arts and culture, health and wellness, learning and innovation and sport and recreation. The Centre hosts and facilitates programs for young people to help them achieve their dreams and aspirations.


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