Surf day gets go ahead 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. Keith Platt
Swinging time: Anna Krasicki, Shannon Pullinger, Debra Bartholomeusz, Cr Kerri McCafferty, Stuart Guthrie, Cr Debra Mar, Cr Antonella Celi, Michelle Peck, Elyssa Gunn and Alex Christie. Picture: Supplied
Swinging time for wheelchairs
VOLUNTEERS steer a surfer safely to shore when the Disabled Surfers Association made its debut at Clifton Beach in Tasmania. Picture: Supplied
A LIBERTY Swing at Lawson Park, Rosebud, will allow wheelchair users to experience the joy and therapeutic benefits of swinging. The swing allows wheelchairs to be rolled aboard and securely attached, allowing wheelchair-bound children and adults to experience the joy and exhilaration of swinging in the air. Disability support service Gen U recommended the Australian-made award-winning swing as the safest for children and adults in wheelchairs. It was funded by Mornington Peninsula Shire as part of the 2015-2020 Playspace Strategy and is also one of the objectives of the Disability Inclusion Plan 2018-2022.
Disability Advisory Committee member Cr Kerri McCafferty said: “Adults and children living with a disability have every right to access parks just like everyone else. It’s wonderful to see the collaborative work of the Disability Advisory Committee and the shire rolling out successful endeavours such as the Liberty Swing. I look forward to seeing more of it. “The benefits of the Liberty Swing go beyond just having fun: it has created a place of inclusion and has great therapeutic benefits.” The swing can be accessed from Leon Avenue. A Master Locksmiths access key is required to operate it.
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Southern Peninsula News
10 March 2021
Southern Peninsula News 9 March 2021