There’s bound to be plenty of smiles and shrieks of delight at Warrnambool’s all-ability surfing event on Saturday.
With delightful weather predicted, Disabled Surfers Association president Aidan Nicholson is encouraging volunteers to put their hand up to help, and anyone with a disability to dip their toes in the water.
“This is our fourth disabled surfers event,” he said. “This summer season we will do two - one now and one in February. We provide surfing experiences for people with disabilities. It can be intellectual or physical. We use equipment designed by the DSA in order to get people on surfboards. At the moment we have 17 people signed up, but more can turn up on the day or register.”
Mr Nicholson said DSA was looking for more volunteers. “Volunteers can also turn up on the day,” he said. “Everyone has a really great day. A lot of people don’t work with people with disability much, but it’s an opportunity for people who really love surfing to provide that for someone else. It’s very well supervised, the parents and carers don’t need to come in the water. No-one needs any equipment, just a towel. We have wet suits and all boards.”
Volunteers start at 8.30am to register at Warrnambool’s main beach, and surfers can come between 9.30am and noon. It is free for participants and volunteers, with a free sausage sizzle. To register visit the DSA Facebook page or call Mr Nicholson on 0488 181 981.