Dicky Beach Surf Life Saving Club hosted around 100 students from across the North Coast today as part of the Bligh Government’s Deadly Surf Sports program.
Sport Minister Phil Reeves said children aged between 10 and 16 will be given the chance to learn surfing, body-boarding, surf safety and swimming along with participating in a range of beach events.
The day is a joint initiative between the Bligh Government, Surf Lifesaving Queensland and Super Surf Camps, and features Ironman Rhys Drury, and former Broncos player Mick De Vere.
“The Deadly Sports program will promote healthy and active lifestyles to indigenous school students, many of who have not experienced the surf before, through a series of beach and surf activities,” Mr Reeves said.
“The day will give the kids the opportunity to learn team skills, as well as understand the potential dangers of the surf and safety tips.
“This is a great opportunity for local students to learn from experienced lifesavers.”
Mr Reeves said the Deadly Sports program helps to inspire students from regional Queensland and indigenous communities to get involved in a variety of sports and make physical activity an integral part of their lives.
“Queensland kids are getting onboard with this program with more than 3000 students involved this year alone, testifying to its popularity,” he said.
“Sport can be the fabric of many communities and keeps people of all ages involved in healthy and active lifestyles.
“This is great to see as the Bligh Government is committed to encouraging more people to get active.
“Under our Toward Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland initiative, we want to help Queenslanders become Australia’s healthiest people by reducing obesity levels by one third by 2020.
“The Government has made the tough economic decisions to ensure we can continue to support local sport and recreation.
“Because of our strong leadership we are able to invest more in sport and recreation than any other state in the country.
“Developing sport at the grassroots right up to the elite level heightens our chances of hosting events, and reinforces our reputation as the Champions State and the Events State as well.”
For further information on other regional programs, visit www.sportrec.qld.gov.au.