The Mornington Peninsula Disabled Surfers Association (DSAMP) has 3 missions:
1/ We aim to “Put smiles on dials”, that is to provide a safe, and enjoyable surfing experience for people with any disability.
2/ We aim to provide disabled members with greater access to the beaches year round.
3/ We also aim to unite our local community, Schools, businesses, able and disabled residents with this event.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get further event information, register as your interest as a volunteer, carer or participant or if you would like to sponsor our branch in some way.
Also, check out our facebook page (link below)
Branch Contact Details
|President: Ashley Gardner
Mobile: 0417 362 983
|Vice President: Stewart Lockie
Mobile: 0418 101 645
|Secretary: Bill Hallett
Mobile: 0409 197 307
|Treasurer: Rebecca Lipsett
Mobile: 0409 700 161
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Our 2017 events are locked in folks. Head down to Point Leo Beach to join in the fun:
- Saturday 14th January 2017 Point Leo Beach (11am-3pm, registration opens at 10am)
- Saturday 11th February 2017 Inverloch trial day (11am-3pm, registration opens at 10am)
- Saturday 4th March 2017 Point Leo Beach (11am-3pm, registration opens at 10am)
- Contact: Ash 0417 362 983 / Stewart 0418 101 645
Recent Event / Hands on Day
DSAMP Event Report January 2016
The dictionary definition of a “Perfect Day” was re-written this Saturday at Point Leo!!
It now goes:-
“Wall to wall blue sky, no breeze, mid 20’s, small 2ft waves and a DSAMP Surf Event”
We couldn’t have dialled it in better!
And Saturday’s attendance broke our record …. 300 Volunteers and 115 Surfing Participants !!!
And we ran out of snags (that’s the best compliment you can make to a hard working crew of BBQers) !!!! …….. Next Event? – more sausages and delivery volunteers, please !!
It’s always a real buzz to be on the beach and hear the cheering as surfers get their photos taken, the colours of all the rashies and the mingle-mingle of our volllies, surfers, carers, the Lifesaving Club event and families just enjoying the beach.
And up near the Lifesaving Club, the bustle round the rego tents, the change rooms and the coming and going of our beach wheelchairs.
(For those who had to patiently wait for a Sandcruiser, sorry, we’re busy raising money to build a boardwalk so you can take your own wheelchair down to the beach edge).
We are continually reviewing how we run the event to make those “Smiles on Dials” bigger, wider, stronger!
Our major new trial this event were our 3 Event Hosts, Bron, Bron and Lisa who looked after our first time surfers.
John R had the idea – and ‘BB ‘n L’ made it work, turning the role into world’s best practice.
Thanks guys, and if anyone with carer experience fancies being a host next event – let us know!
And the best Story of the Day?
Two young surfing participants got a taxi to the event from (I think) Cranbourne.
The taxi driver walked them to the rego tent, went and parked his car, turned off the radio and meter and volunteered – how good is that??
To quote a (nameless) committee member – “you wouldn’t get that with Uber”!
Thanks to all our volunteers, our participant surfers, carers, our ‘men in harness’ towing the wheelchairs, our major sponsors Bendigo Bank (Balnarring, Hasting and Mt Martha Branches), the Mornington Grand Hotel, Point Leo Surf Lifesaving Club for opening their club rooms to us, and the Pt. Leo Foreshore and Ranger Staff for all their help.
!!WELL DONE EVERYONE!!
See you on the Saturday 5th March, 11-3pm – Same time, place and hopefully, weather.
Don’t forget Ocean Grove event on Sunday the 31st. January
For branch updates and to view photos visit: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.579418555472215.1073741835.195708050509936&type=1
Many Thanks to:
Our events run so smoothly due to the unwavering support, hard work and generosity of the crew from Point Leo Foreshore Committee (who donate car park takings from the day, prepare the beach, transport our gear down to the beach and help pack up. And Point Leo Surf Lifesaving Club who provided unlimited access for use of the club and its facilities for our events and training days throughout the year.
Our Major Sponsors Bendigo Bank (Balnarring, Hastings and Mount Martha Branches), Grand Hotel, (Mornington), Auswide Trailers, Nepean Waste Management
Our Major Supporters Mornington Peninsula Shire, Department of Human Services, RACV
And all our other sponsors and supporters (over 50!)
Here is a little background about our group.
The Disabled Surfers Association of Australia is a non for profit and recognised benevolent organisation (tax deductable charity), it has been operating for over 25 years throughout Australia. (Please visit www.disabledsurfers.org for more information or to see what it’s about watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxgMHUkESRM.
The DSAMP Objectives are:
- Our mission is to “Put smiles on dials”, that is to provide a safe, and enjoyable surfing experience for people with any disability.
- To provide disabled members of our community with greater access to the beaches year round.
- To unite our local community, businesses, able and disabled residents with these events.
THANKS TO OUR AWESOME VOLUNTEERS, SUPPORTERS AND SPONSORS.
Disabled Surfers Association (Mornington Peninsula Branch) Secretary on behalf of the branch committee
Event Partners/Support: – DSAMP events are delivered with the close support of Point Leo Surf Life Saving Club, Point Leo Foreshore Committee and significant financial and organisational support from the Mornington Peninsula Shire.
Major Sponsors – The Grand Hotel, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Department of Human Services, Auswide Trailers, Nepean Waste Management and Bendigo Bank.
Other sponsors – Officeworks Mornington, Bunnings Mornington, Mount Eliza Deli, Greg’s Gourmet Meats, Southern Buying Group, Baker Boys, Coles Rosebud, McCrae, GMS Rehabilitation, Mornington Secondary College, Peninsula Access Support and Training (PAST), Maladdiction Boardriders, PACE Exercise Physiology, Zuma Designs, Mornington Peninsula News, Triple RRR, Leader News, Two Nineteen Print, Design, Video, Mornington Peninsula Surf Schools, Mount Martha Village Clinic, Mount Eliza Farmers Market, Phillip Island Ink Knee Boarders Pro, Thursday Ads, Advanced Professional TShirts, Dromana Dees, The Peninsula School, Core Electrical Group
Community Disabled Wheelchair Access:
Disabled Beach Wheelchairs can be borrowed by the public free of charge from Point Leo Foreshore Committee – call Ray Gould (Ranger) on 0408536143
We are in the process of determining which Mornington Peninsula Beaches the Disabled Beach Wheelchairs donated by The Mornington Peninsula Shire will be stored and available at the public from.