Disabled surfers to take to the Lady Bay this weekend

For some people with a physical disability being able to get across the sand and into the ocean is a rare opportunity.

But on Saturday people of all abilities will take to Warrnambool’s Lady Bay for a surfing day. It is the third year the event has been held and registrations for this weekend’s session have come from Hamilton, Mortlake and Portland.

Riding high: Sarah Moncrieff, Charlie Moncrieff, participant Ryan Christie, Noah Ansell, Mary Page and Justin Houlihan at last year's disabled surfing event.

Riding high: Sarah Moncrieff, Charlie Moncrieff, participant Ryan Christie, Noah Ansell, Mary Page and Justin Houlihan at last year's disabled surfing event.

Disabled Surfers Association Great South Coast Warrnambool branch president Aidan Nicolson said participants of all ages used modified equipment to surf with the help of volunteers. 

“We call it a surfing experience,” Mr Nicolson said. “It’s not learn to surf. We’re not expecting anyone to stand up, we just want them to get out and enjoy the surf.” 

Last year 25 surfers and 75 volunteers participated and similar numbers are expected. “The interest is very widespread and people want to volunteer because it’s such a great day.”

For more information call Aidan on 0488 181 981.

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