By Luke Voogt
Five-year-old Emma Falzon snuck in a cheeky practice on a longboard on Monday afternoon ahead of Kids Plus’ “incredibly popular” annual surf program this week.
The program, beginning on Tuesday and wrapping up this morning, gives kids and teenagers with cerebral palsy a chance to hang ten while improving their confidence and water skills.
“Our kids love hitting the waves!” Kids Plus Foundation physiotherapist Louise Daniels said.
The program is a joint effort by Jan Juc Surf Lifesaving Club (SLSC) and the foundation, which provides specialist therapy services for young people with neuro-developmental conditions.
Like Emma, all participants in the program attend Kids Plus Foundation for therapy.
“Now in our fourth year, participation has continued to grow and we look forward to welcoming more new faces this year,” Louise said.
She thanked the Jan Juc SLSC volunteers for their “integral” support.
“They provide hands-on assistance and equipment to support children in having fun and feeling safe in the water,” she said.