Surfing NSW – New Chair and Deputy Chair (July 2024)

Surfing NSW today announced the election of Ben Rolleston as its new Chair, and Lyndel Gray as Deputy Chair. This follows the resignation of John O’Neill and Harry Hodge from the Board of Directors after almost 15 years of esteemed service.

Twenty NSW Surf School and Boardrider Club projects across NSW have been selected to be funded through the Her Wave Get Her Onboard Grants Program pres. by ROXY and NSW Government.
The affiliated boardrider clubs and surf schools in NSW will share in $50 000 as part of this inaugural round of the program.
Close to 50 different surf schools and boardrider clubs applied for the grants.
The following projects were successful:

Surf Schools
Camel Rock Surf School
Central Coast Surf Academy
Learn to Surf Newcastle
Let’s Go Surfing (Bondi)
Ability Surf
Pam Burridge Surf School
Swellbeing Surf Therapy
Waves to Wilderness Experiences
Port Macquarie Surf School
Womens Soulful Surf

Boardrider Clubs
Bar Reef Boardriders
Byron Bay Boardriders
Malua Boardriders Inc
Manly Malibu Boardriders Club
Sapphire Coast Boardriders
Sawtell Boardriders Club
Scarborough Boardriders Club
She and the Sea – Newcastle Women’s Boardriders
Shelly Beach Malibu Club
Southend Boardriders Maroubra
The program was built on the back of stage one of the ROXY and Her Wave “Get Her Onboard” campaign earlier this year, which resulted in 1100 women joining the ROXY and Her Wave community, which included being offered discounted learn to surf lessons through their local participating surf school.
All recipients are female-specific, diverse in design, delivered and driven by passionate nominated leaders within a local Surf School or Boardrider Club.
“We would like to thank all applicants for the time and effort invested in submitting an application under the Grants Program,” said Surfing NSW Programs Manager Claire Ellem.
“We appreciated the opportunity to consider all applications and learn more about each organisation.”
Every application was reviewed on merit and against the Grants Program judging criteria, eligibility and application completeness. All grant allocations were also geographically spread and assessed by a panel consisting of Surfing NSW management where all decisions are final.
While Surfing NSW could not support all applications, we strongly encourage all Surf Schools and Clubs to consider applying again in the future.
About Her Wave:
At its essence, Her Wave aims to empower all females through surfing. It is committed to supporting gender equity, making surfing more inclusive and accessible to all women and girls of all ages and abilities in NSW and works to build a more joyful experience for everyone.
A key objective of Her Wave is to grow and nurture female participation in the sport as a collective. Here, the aim is to work collaboratively with our networks, partners and communities to deliver the Her Wave message and programs throughout the state.

Mark Windon
OAM Executive Director

Felicity Conlan
Board Member

Francis Coady
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