The region’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 2015 Junior Development Program at Merewether Beach on Sunday June 21. The program provides 32 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 funding for the program, Greater Building Society branch manager Damien Hepworth gave each of the participants a $30 Life Saver youth banking account.
Club TITLE XXX NAME the new funding was great news for local surfing. Mr XXX said the junior development program has been running for XX years, helping more than XXX young surfers including 23 year old Merewether surfer Philippa Anderson. Anderson finished third in this month’s Los Cabos Open of Surf.
“Without the support of sponsors such as The Greater and our other major sponsors, including Burton Automotive Group, we would not be able to run these programs,” XX said.
Mr Hepworth said it is important for young surfers to learn to 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.
In its 51 year history, the Merewether Surfboard Club has developed many promising Hunter surfers. Its Hall of fame includes Mark Richards, Luke Egan, Simon law and Matt Hoy.