Surf’s up for volunteers

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on December 2, 2017

A NEWLY formed surfing association is currently on the look-out for someone to put their creative skills to work and develop a logo.

The Disabled Surfers Association (DSA) Great Southern recently formed after successful visits from the south-west branch led to further interest in a local group.

The winning logo from the competition will be used on Facebook and on DSA Great Southern stationery and besides pride, the winner will walk away with a $50 voucher from Dylan’s on the Terrace.

President Murray Cameron worked with the DSA south-west branch from its inception and is now helping the Great Southern group find its feet.

“Albany parents of children with disabilities approached the south west group to see if they could assist with arranging a demonstration at Middleton Beach,” he said.

“The then president and vice president of DSA South West, Tim Linton and Anthony Purcell, took some equipment to Albany and arranged for a small group of local participants to go surfing.

“From this first event, four events have been held over the past four years, with interest growing to the point of establishing a Great Southern branch.”

Three events have already been planned for early next year, including a volunteer training morning on February 10, and surfing days on February 10, March 17 and April 21, all at Middleton Beach.

The surf days are free volunteer-run events and do not require a membership.

“Just roll up on the day if you wish to participate or assist as a volunteer in or out of the water,” Mr Cameron said.

“Each event is held at Middleton Beach near the Surf Lifesaving Club, with registrations starting from 8:30am and the event commencing at 9am.

“Surfing winds up around 11:30am and a free sausage sizzle and presentations are held on the beach afterwards.”

To enter your logo design into the competition, ‘like’ the Disabled Surfers Association Great Southern Facebook page, and submit your square colour design via PDF format through Messenger on Facebook or email to

Don’t forget to include your name, email, phone number and school (if applicable) along with your logo.

Applications close on December 15.

The Great Southern branch is also seeking donations of wetsuits, sausage sizzle food, beach matting for wheelchairs and a defibrillator.

To see how you can help and find more information, check out the group’s Facebook page.