SURF STUDIO: Silver Salties, Bondi SBLSC
On the latest episode of Surf Studio, we head to Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club to take a look at the Silver Salties “Walk and Talk” program to hear about how it began, the benefits and hear how your club can get involved and start a Silver Salties program.
Silver Salties is a physical activity and social connections initiative for older Australians designed by Surf Life Saving Australia in conjunction with Surf Life Saving Clubs and funded by Sport Australia’s Move It Aus – Better Ageing Grants Program.
“Silver Salties to me is reinforcing our role in the community and I am a Silver Salty, but it is bringing the community into our surf clubs,” said SLSA President Graham Ford AM.
“We really want to express our gratitude to the Federal Government, they have really supported this Silver Salties program from the start.”
Federal Member for Wentworth, Mr Dave Sharma MP joined members in his local electorate in support of the program.
“We’re supporting Silver Salties with a Move-It Australia grant, a better ageing grant to help support clubs like this and activities like this, to get older people moving, keep them physically active and keep them in contact with their friends,” said Federal Member for Wentworth, Mr Dave Sharma MP.
“Silver Salties offers 20 programs that can be run from the surf club… were aiming for people over 65… and they can participate in all these programs that we have on offer,” said Silver Salties ambassador Laura Thurtle.
Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club’s Rozanne Green said that she was approached by fellow club member and master competitor Laura Thurtle to run a Silver Salties program at Bondi to engage the older members of the Surf Club and wider community.
“I thought I’ve done this kind of thing leading people on walking and run and a disabled running group before,” said Rozanne
“I thought that this was a great thing to do and a great initiative for our oldies out here even though I’m now Silver Salty myself.”
The Walk & Talk group at Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club runs every Wednesday from 10-10:45am until the end of September. All people are welcome to join the group at any time – for further information, please contact: [email protected].
Silver Salties includes 20 accessible, friendly, and safe programs at the park, clubhouse, beach, pool, and surf which cater for older Australians regardless of their age, weight, mobility, fitness, and experience. For more information about Silver Salties, including information on financial support available to clubs please visit: www.sls.com.au/silver-salties
To find out more about the ‘Walk and Talk’ group at Bondi make sure to tune into episode nine of Surf Studio or catch up on part one of their chat from episode nine on the SLSA website and SLSA Facebook page.
Surf Studio is regular online show with each episode featuring stories from around Australia and covering a range of topics such as sport, lifesaving, leadership, education etc and Surf Life Saving Australia encourages everyone to be involved. If you, or anyone you know has a story that you would like to share via Surf Studio please email [email protected]