Inspire and empower Indigenous youth in Australia

Aug 15, 2011

Stand and Lead Project

Director of Programs Robbo shows off to a croc!
Director of Programs Robbo shows off to a croc!

Our partner in Australia, Desert 2 Surf, recently completed the first part of the Stand and Lead  (SAL) project.

As project director Deb Oliver explains: 'The aim of the SAL project was for Desert2Surf to skill up youth leaders from the Beswick Community in stand up paddling with a view to them being able to coach younger kids and develop an ongoing recreational program of SUPPING in their community. The skill transfer from SUPPING to surfing would also set up the leaders to hit the waves with D2S later in the year and reward them for their commitment to the SAL Project in their Community.

The youth leaders involved took to the SUPPING flawlessly and on the second day of the project did indeed demonstrate their leadership abilities by passing on the skill to younger members of the Community.'

Part two of the SAL Project will see the youth leaders travel south in the summer for surfing and cultural exchange on Victoria's west coast.

Talks are already taking place to discuss how this initiative can be taken into more remote communities as the benefits are clear to see. Thank you so much to everyone how has donated to this project helping to make this happen.


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Project Leader

Steve Gwenin

Field Director
Exeter, Devon United Kingdom

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