ASPIRING surf lifesavers on the Eastern Shore will be given a new lease on life following a funding boost for the local Nippers program.
The Clifton Beach Surf Life Saving Club recently received grants from the Tasmanian Community Fund and the Hodgman Liberal Government’s Sport and Recreation Minor Grants program.
The club has allocated the money to expand the Nipper Development Program and purchase new equipment for the growing number of participants.
Clifton Beach Surf Life Saving Club president Mark Godfrey said he was “thrilled” to receive the grants.
“As a community volunteer organisation, it takes an enormous amount of pressure off our finances,” he said.
“The numbers involved in our Nipper program have increased dramatically over the past few years, so this grant will enable us to purchase more equipment to put towards the kids to use.
“It’s a fantastic program for kids – it’s a healthy activity and builds on their surf awareness skills and will hopefully turn them into future surf lifesavers, allowing them to give back to the community later on in life.”
Minister for Sport and Recreation and Member for Franklin Jacquie Petrusma said she was delighted a sporting organisation on the Eastern Shore would benefit from the funding.
“The funding can be used to upgrade facilities, purchase new equipment and ensure safe participation in sport,” she said.
“Sport provides a place for Tasmanians of all ages to be social and active while developing skills and values.
“The Hodgman Liberal Government recognises the power and importance of sport and the role it plays in fostering community connections.”
Tasmanian Community Fund chair Sally Darke said the fund was pleased to be supporting the Clifton Beach Surf Life Saving Club as it grew its Nippers program.
“Grassroots organisations with active volunteers increasing the participation of young people in sport are important to the fabric of our communities,” she said.
“The young Tasmanians who benefit from this investment program will be community volunteers and leaders in the future, which is a key focus for the Tasmanian Community Fund.”
Caption: Clifton Beach Surf Life Saving Club Nippers at the beginning of the 2017-18 season. Photo credit: Doug Thost.