Boardriders seek children for Grommets program
Umina Boardriders is seeking children to be part of its Grubs Grommets program.
Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch is encouraging local children to consider getting involved.
"As summer gets underway the Umina Boardriders are looking forward to another successful year," she said.
"For 11 years the group has taught hundreds of kids to surf, from the ages of 4-15, with their membership always growing," Ms Tesch said.
"When I come down to the beach and see so many kids out and about, being fit and active, it feels great.
"Over the holiday break I am sure the kids will be practicing their skills to take on competitive surfing opportunities," she said.
The club meets the first Sunday of every month, holding competitions throughout the year for those wanting to compete professionally.
The senior members run the program for as many as 40 kids with the help of local parents, some of whom have a competitive surfing background.
Ms Tesch says the group is a great opportunity to ignite some family fun.
"When I speak to the adults who assist the kids all I can see is an unyielding passion for the ocean, surfing, and helping young people," she said.
"They do so much more than just learn how to surf.
"The kids get to spend time with their family and friends, learning together and getting out there and having a go," she said.
The club recently received $2000 through the Local Sport Grant Program which they used to purchase a rescue board and coloured rash shirts for their competitions.
"It's so fulfilling to see this year's grant being put to good use and improve safety for the kids," Ms Tesch said.
Those interested in joining must have a surf board, a wetsuit and purchase a one-year membership which includes a club T-shirt, a club rashie and a free sausage sizzle at every event.
Media release,18 Dec 2019
Liesl Tesch, Member for Gosford