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Indigenous Queenslanders surfing program wraps up 2013

Krurungal Fish Kids © Matt Roberts/Surfing Queensland



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Jallum Jarjums continues with final program this week

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 9 December, 2013 - Gold Coast, Queensland -- Surfing Queensland’s Krurungal “Jallum Jarjums” Surfing Program continues on the Gold Coast this Wednesday with the fourth and final program of 2013 taking place at 25th Ave Palm Beach.

Surfing is very much a part of our iconic Gold Coast lifestyle and this sport is one of the fastest growing participation sports in the world. With a big percentage of Australia’s population living on the coastline, participation in surfing lessons helps develop a strong ocean awareness and beach safety skills. These are skills that participants will enjoy and embrace for a lifetime.

The Krurungal “Jallum Jarjums” or “Fish Kids” will participate in a surfing program that is designed to encourage Indigenous Queenslanders to experience and potentially embrace the sport of surfing.

In addition to the learn to surf and learn to stand up paddleboard clinics, Surfing Queensland will also be scouting for one individual who shows great promise in the sport and sponsoring $500 to help them further and progress their surfing skills.

Surfing Queensland CEO, Scott Gilles said, “We’ve seen such great potential so far this year with some of these kids really taking to surfing after only one or two attempts. I’m really happy to be able to provide some sponsorship and help to develop someone who may just be a world champion in years to come!”

Surfing Queensland will be coordinating the Krurungal “Jallum Jarjums” or “Fish Kids” Surfing Program in conjunction with Krurungal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation.

Sport and active recreation plays an important role in Indigenous communities. It provides lots of health and social benefits and also helps combat the growing issue of obesity which affects all Australian communities.

This initiative revolves around integrating Indigenous youth into the sport of surfing and, along with the learn to surf days, six participants from the Indigenous community will be offered the chance to be part of the Krurungal Surf Ready Employment Program, which is designed to prepare Indigenous youths for placement within the surf industry workforce or further study of the surfing industry at Southern Cross University.

In order to create this opportunity for Indigenous youth, The Queensland Government provided $40,000 through the Active Inclusion Program to Krurungal to deliver an Indigenous Surfing Program to get more Queenslanders active through sport and recreation. The initiative was supported further by a $5,000 grant from the recent Westpac Community Grants program.

For more information regarding the ongoing Krurungal “Jullum Jarjums” surfing program, contact Surfing Queensland. If you would like more information on learning to surf, Surfing Queensland has a full list of their accredited surf schools at their website.

Surfing Queensland is proudly supported by: Be the influence - tackling binge drinking, Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, Chiko, World Surfaris, the Queensland Government, Coastalwatch Plus, Surfing Life Magazine, Surfing Queensland, Westpac and Krurungal.


Ben Whitmore

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