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Doomadgee students try first surf, Byron Bay

Date posted: 18 November 2011

Surfing Australia recently played host to a group of school children who were visiting Byron Bay from Doomadgee State School in remote north-west Queensland.

The children were on a special tour of south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales that aimed to give them a wide range of experiences not available in their remote community.

Surfing Australia organised for 12 students aged 11 and 12 to take part in a surf lesson with professional Indigenous surfer Joe Haddon and surf coach Steve Foreman.

Tour organiser Dr Kerrie Foxwell said it was the first time the children had been in the surf.

'They had an absolute fantastic time,' Dr Foxwell said. 'It was the first time they had been surfing and when asked what had been the favourite thing about the trip they said surfing was the best part.'


Last updated: 18 November 2011
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