Surf day gets go ahead


VOLUNTEERS steer a surfer safely to shore when the Disabled Surfers Association made its debut at Clifton Beach in Tasmania. Picture: Supplied

THE Disabled Surfers Association Mornington Peninsula branch heads back into the water at Point Leo on Saturday.

The event, which is expected to see hundreds of volunteers helping surfers enjoy their time in the waves, is the first for this year.

The January event was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions and Saturday’s day at the beach will include taking precautions with sanitisers available and equipment being frequently cleaned.

The number of people attending the event will fall safely within state government limits and there will be restrictions on crowding around the Point Leo Lifesaving Club.

A maximum 140 surfers are expected to participate with possibly double that number of volunteers helping to run the event which starts at 10.30am.

The day at Point Leo follows DSAMP members John Bowers and Bill Hallett attending an inaugural surf day for the disabled at Clifton Beach, Tasmania.

Mr Bowers, a former president of the DSAMP, described the Tasmanian event as “a really good day, with 105 volunteers, 25 participants and about 20 carers”.

Details for Saturday 13 March at Point Leo are on the DSAMP’s Facebook page.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 9 March 2021


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