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Queensland Government announces new partnership to boost surfing
With the international Global Wave Conference commencing today at Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast campus the Queensland Government has announced a new partnership with Surfing Queensland that aims to encourage participation in the sport.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the partnership at the Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve, stating that the "Government fought to protect this part of the Gold Coast for surfers and ocean lovers, and we want more people to take part in surfing at all levels from recreation to elite.
“So supporting people who face barriers into surfing makes sense right now.”
The announcement was made as hundreds of surfers, conservationists and scientists gathered for the sixth biennial Global Wave Conference - a three day event hosted by the Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve, focusing on the connection between surfing and environmental issues.
With more than 350,000 surfers in the state, Queensland Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said the partnership would encourage more people to take part in surfing, regardless of their age, gender, background, ability or location, commenting “this partnership delivers diversity and inclusion programs for recreational, club and surf school participants that will allow individuals to overcome barriers to participation, including targeted programs for people with a disability, women and girls, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other under-represented groups.
“Queenslanders will have access to new programs targeted at bettering mental health and well-being through surfing.
“We’ve partnered with surfing to ensure our approach caters for individuals who aren’t necessarily into team or structured sport.
“Anyone who’s ever learnt to surf can tell you it changes your life for the better and I want to give more Queenslanders that opportunity.
This is the fifth of six pilot partnerships with state-level sport and recreation organisations as part of the Queensland Government’s $32 million, three-year Active Industry Fund.
A first round of pilot partnerships has already been announced with five key bodies from AFL, Queensland Cricket, Tennis Queensland and Netball Queensland, all designed to deliver a more flexible range of physical activity opportunities for more Queenslanders and local communities across the state.
Surfing Queensland Chief Executive, Adam Yates said he is thrilled to see the new partnership come to fruition, noting “we are incredibly proud that surfing is one of six sports identified to create a meaningful impact with this strategy.
“We firmly believe that surfing promotes a healthy lifestyle and can improve the quality of life for all Queenslanders.
“This new partnership will strengthen our delivery network, making surfing more accessible for all Queenslanders – whether you are five years old or 50.
“Our main focus is to get more Queenslanders more active, more often through the sport of surfing.”
Olympic Gold medallist and newly appointed Executive Director of Elite Success and Partnerships, Natalie Cook said the partnership comes at an exciting time.
Cook added “with surfing making its debut at the Tokyo Olympics, there could be no better time for this partnership to begin.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for Queensland to be at the leading edge of surfing’s future - from environmental sustainability to elite athletes’ success and everything in between.”
The Queensland Academy of Sport and Department of Sport has invested $1,263,222 to support surfing since 2015.
The Active Industry Fund forms a key part of Activate! Queensland, the state’s first 10-year, $1.3 billion strategy to encourage all levels of community participation whilst also supporting elite athletes and world-class venues.
For more information, visit www.qld.gov.au/sportrecstrategy
30th January 2020 - Surfing Australia set to launch new female participation program
4th December 2019 - Surf Life Saving Queensland receives funding boost for surf safety
24th November 2019 - Surfing Australia and Acciona launch partnership
27th July 2019 - Queensland Government reveals 10-year sport and recreation strategy
4th April 2019 - Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve secures 2020 Global Wave Conference
14th September 2018 - Elite athletes enlisted to inspire Queensland schools students
1st February 2018 - Noosa’s surf breaks declared World Surfing Reserve
16th October 2015 - Gold Coast announced as the 8th World Surfing Reserve
14th October 2015 - Double chance for Queensland in World Surfing Reserve bids
10th July 2015 - Get Out, Get Active funding open for women and girls in Queensland
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