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Surfing NSW Indigenous Surfing Program back in Forster



Indigenous Surfing Program participants : photo Surfing NSW

Surfing NSW Indigenous Surfing Program

The Surfing NSW Indigenous Surfing Program back in Forster this weekend

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 November, 2008 : - - Maroubra Beach, NSW -- The Surfing NSW Indigenous Surfing Program continues to go from strength-to-strength with the announcement of the ‘Forster string program’ in support of the local indigenous community of the Great Lakes region.
With the second instalment to be held this weekend at Forster, and spending three separate days within a two-month period in the Great Lakes region, the Surfing NSW Indigenous Surfing Program will see indigenous children and families from the local area enjoying a fun-filled day at the beach.
With professional surfing lessons, beach games, BBQ’s and plenty of fun and frivolity to be had, Surfing NSW CEO, Mark Windon is looking forward to this weekend’s action. “This weekend will provide the perfect opportunity for children and families alike to acquaint, or re-acquaint themselves with surfing and the ocean whilst having a great time,” he said.
Having been a strong supporter of surfing within the indigenous community, Windon is over the moon at the level to which the program now rests. “Surfing NSW Indigenous Surfing Program has been running now for three years and I am proud to say that each year the Program has continued to grow exponentially,” Windon admitted.
Hosted by NSW Department of Sport and Recreation and Surfing NSW, partnering with Country Energy and the professional coaching staff at Great Lakes Surf School, this weekend’s event is one not to be missed. “To have the support of NSW Department of Sport and Recreation and Country Energy is such a coup for surfing and social development within the local indigenous community,” Windon stated.

Andrew Latta, Regional General Manager for Country Energy, is wrapped to be involved with such a Program.  “We are committed to adding value to the communities in which we live – one way we do this is through our support of local initiatives such as the surfing program being conducted at Forster this weekend for Indigenous youth,” he said.
“As an essential service provider, we are committed to supporting the local community – the Indigenous surfing program created by Surfing NSW is a great way to bring young people together to learn new skills,” Latta continued.
The aim of the ‘string’ programs is to not only give the indigenous communities a sense of faith in the longevity in the project, but to establish strong relationships with the Indigenous children who have a desire to pursue a career or position within the surfing industry.
All participants will be provided with a first-class surf education as well as assistance and support for those who are interested in gaining formal coaching and judging accreditations and access to Boardrider Clubs and events.
“These events are all about taking the Surfing NSW Indigenous Surfing Program to indigenous areas where kids can sample the beauty of surfing,” he said. “Passing that special relationship with the ocean onto them is what it’s all about.”
Latta agrees. “It provides an opportunity to bring young people from Taree and Forster together to learn new skills and try a new sport,” he said.
Through allowing the children to establish relationships with Indigenous and Non Indigenous families from the area, Surfing NSW is hoping to create a sense of Inclusion within the community and within the sport. The Surfing NSW Indigenous Surfing Program is proudly Australian Sports Commission, NSW Department of Sport and Recreation and Country Energy.

Important Surfing NSW Indigenous Surfing Program dates:
·     Saturday, 22 November 2008 @ Forster
·     Monday, 24 November 2008 @Maroubra
·     Saturday, 13 December 2008 @ Forster
About Country Energy
Country Energy is a leading Australian energy services corporation owned by the New South Wales Government, with around 4,000 employees serving more than 870,000 customers. Country Energy is one of Australia's largest energy providers. With 142 customer and field service centres across New South Wales, as well as nine regional offices and four business centres, Country Energy manages Australia’s largest power supply network across 95 per cent of New South Wales’ land mass whilst offering retail electricity in five states and territories.

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