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Surfing Victoria formalises partnership with Victorian based Indigenous Youth Organisation
Surfing Victoria and the Victorian Indigenous Surfing Program have signed a strategic partnership with Victorian based Indigenous Youth Organisation, Strong Brother Strong Sister.
The organisations have been working closely together since Strong Brother, Strong Sister was founded in 2017 by Cormach Evans, and have now formalised the partnership to continue surfing as a key part of their program.
The Victorian Indigenous Surfing Program is the key initiative of Surfing Victoria’s Indigenous Strategic Pillar and is one of the longest running Indigenous engagement programs in the country. Now in its 23rd year, the program uses Surfing as a way to connect Indigenous Victorians with the ocean while learning new skills, water safety knowledge and healthy habits.
Evans notes “Strong Brother Strong Sister and Surfing Victoria’s partnership will allow the two organisations excellence to grow further and thrive, ensuring First Nations children, youth and their families have the opportunities to connect with community, culture and positive health and wellbeing and a love for the ocean through surfing.”
Strong Brother Strong Sister is 100% Aboriginal Owned and Operated and is led by a team of Aboriginal Young People that design, advocate and inform programs, services and much more to ensure that the company is genuinely Aboriginal youth lead and designed.
Strong Brother, Strong Sister is a culturally appropriate safe place for Aboriginal young people to access and thrive. The structure and programs within the space guide, mentor and empower Aboriginal young people to achieve excellence. The outcomes from these programs not only guide, mentor and empower Aboriginal young people, they also improve Aboriginal young people’s health and wellbeing.
Evans advises “this partnership has realistically been operating since I was a kid, through the programs that Surfing Victoria have run for the community have created incredible, sustainable long term opportunities and outcomes for children, young people and their families through the love of country, ocean and culture.”
Surfing Victoria Indigenous Aquatics Manager Jordie Campbell adds “we are stoked to formalise the partnership between the Victorian Indigenous Surfing program and Strong Brother Strong Sister.
“Cormach and the Strong Brother Strong Sister team have been amazing supporters of the Indigenous Program over the years and we are looking forward to building on the outcomes we have already achieved.”
The partnership is based around surf programs for Indigenous Youth utilising both organisations expertise in Indigenous engagement, water safety, health promotion and cultural awareness.
The Victorian Indigenous Surfing Program is supported by VicHealth, Play it Safe by the Water, Sport and Recreation Victoria, Vitality Brands, Kieser Australia and Strong Brother Strong Sister.
More information around the Victorian Indigenous Surfing Program can be found at www.surfingvic.com
More information on Strong Brother Strong Sister can be found at www.strongbrotherstrongsister.com
Image top: Mischa Purcell, Strong Brother Strong Sister Partnership. Courtesy of Surfing Victoria/Liam Robertson
Image above: Surfing Victoria Indigenous Aquatics Manager Jordie Campbell and Strong Brother Strong Sister Chief Executive Cormach Evans
12th May 2020 - Surfing Victoria engages with its community online
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4th December 2019 - URBNSURF Melbourne partners with Surfing Victoria
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