The next wave of Newcastle’s up and coming surfers are able to have a better chance of realising their dream of becoming a pro surfer thanks to new sponsorship from the Greater Building Society.
Merewether Surf Board Club launched its new Junior Development Program at Merewether Beach on Sunday June 21. The program provides young surfers with the support and advice they need to navigate their way to a successful career on the pro circuit.
As well as providing some program funding, Greater Building Society branch manager Damien Hepworth gave each of the participants a $30 Life Saver youth banking account and will run a financial fitness seminar as part of the program. Mr Hepworth said it is important for young surfers to learn to also save and manage money if they are to try and break into the top tier of surfing.
“The Greater is helping young people to be fit, healthy and the best in their sport as well as to save for their future,” Mr Hepworth said.
“As a customer owned banking organisation we are using our profits to help local young people to be fit and the best they can be, which also benefits our community,” he said.
Club president Dave Anderson said the program is about improving access to the sport and providing support for club members to attend competitions. Mr Anderson said the aim is to encourage participation, surf awareness and skills development as well as promote a culture of support and having fun.
“This program will enable Merewether Surfboard Club to continue to produce a pipeline of future champions,” Mr Anderson said.
In its 51 year history, the Merewether Surfboard Club has developed many promising Hunter surfers including 23 year old Merewether surfer Philippa Anderson. Anderson finished third in this month’s Los Cabos Open of Surf. Its Hall of fame includes four-time men’s world champion Mark Richards, former world junior champion Chad Edser and 2002 world title runner-up, Luke Egan.
For more details on the Junior Development Program and how to join Merewether Surfboard Club, visit the website: http://www.merewethersurfboardclub.com.au/.