Federal Minister for Sport drops in at the home of Surfing Australia
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 June, 2005 : - - Federal Minister for Sport, Senator Rod Kemp was a welcome guest today (Tuesday June 7) at the home of Surfing Australia, based at the Casuarina Beach Resort, just south of Kingscliff on the northern NSW coast.
Senator Kemp accepted the invitation to visit Surfing Australias home to launch Surfing Australias 2 day National Inclusion Forum.
Surfing Australias National Inclusion Forum is discussing the best way to implement the recently adopted National Inclusion Plan. The plan has been adopted by Surfing Australia and is endorsed by the Australian Sports Commission through Project CONNECT. Project CONNECT is a partnership between the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Paralympic Committee.
The Inclusion Plan is about creating pathways and breaking down barriers to make surfing more accessible to the wider community.
Senator Kemp will also take advantage of the visit to inspect the facilities of Surfing Australias High Performance Centre (HPC).
Surfing Australia has helped to turn a favourite Australian hobby into a truly professional sport, which continues to produce household names like Layne Beachley and Mark Occhilupho. The development of Surfing Australias High Performance Centre shows how far the sport has come in recent years in developing the next generation of world surfing champions Senator Kemp said.
Surfing Australias CEO Mario Agius said I am pleased that Senator Kemp accepted the invitation to visit Surfing Australias facilities. While surfing may not be regarded as one of the mainstream sports in Australia, having Senator Kemp here today allows us to show him how professional our approach is to support the next generation of Aussie champions.
Australia will defend its World Junior Championship at Huntington Beach, on the west coast of USA later this year. The Australian team won all five divisions of the 2004 World Junior Championships in Tahiti last year.
Background Information in relation to Surfing Australias National Inclusion Forum
Where: Casuarina Beach Resort, south of Kingscliff on the northern NSW coast
When: Tuesday 7 June and Wednesday 8 June
Surfing Australias National Inclusion Forum is to discuss strategies to implement the recently adopted Inclusion Action Plan. The plan has been adopted by Surfing Australia and is endorsed by the Australian Sports Commission, via Project CONNECT.
Project CONNECT is a partnership between the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Paralympic Committee.
Surfing has been recognised at a Project CONNECT sport and Marcel Cole, Surfing Australias Disabilities Project Manager has been working with Project CONNECT to develop the Inclusion Plan.
The Inclusion Plan is about creating pathways and breaking down barriers and making surfing more accessible to wider part of the community. The Inclusion Forum will be discussing the best way to implement strategies that will produce positive outcomes. This is just not about those who have a disability; it is about developing strategies that will encompass the whole community.
The strategies that come out of the Inclusion Forum will be based on the education and training of those who are delivering surfing to the general public, whether it is through our network of affiliated surfschools or through the network of surfboard riding clubs around Australia.
The Inclusion Forum is a great step forward for the sport of surfing and we are grateful for the Federal Government funding we have received to put us in the position.
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