Meg Purser Program helps to boost female surf careers

Meg Purser Program helps to boost female surf careers

Newcastle surfers, Philippa Anderson, Ellie Lambkin, Amelie Bourke and Logan Dalton have been given funding as recipients of the inaugural Meg Purser Pathway Program.

The inaugural core funding initiative will assist these local women in achieving their dreams of making the World Surfing League (WSL).

The program, named after the late Meg Purser, recognises the tireless and unselfish work Meg did for many local women in the community with Surfest being one of her passions.

Recipient Philippa Anderson said her 2022 season benefited greatly thanks to the funding.

“I am blown away once again for the support,” Philippa said.

“It really means a lot to me and of course helps me out financially so much.”

The program’s goal is to provide a pathway for local surfers to achieve their dream of making the tour and states program.

Recipients must be Hunter residents and have a WSL Pro Junior, Qualification Series, Challenger Series or Championship Tour athlete rating.

Program Committee member, Mel Hamilton said Meg was passionate about supporting young women.

“Consistent with Meg’s passion for supporting young women, the pathway supports selected female surfers annually to compete professionally,” Mel said.

The program’s other recipients echoed their thanks to the program.

Recipient Logan Dalton said she was completely overwhelmed and appreciative of the funding.

“I want to thank those involved and I can’t believe the generosity of the Meg Purser Pathway Program,” Logan said.

Recipient Ellie Lambkin said she is extremely grateful for this opportunity.

“Meg Purser sounds like she was an amazing person and played a significant part in women’s sport in the Hunter. I feel honoured that I was chosen as a recipient.” Ellie said.

Surfest’s Director, Warren Smith is proud to be connected with the program that adopts Surfest’s crowdfunding initiative to raise funds for the Women’s Pro event and can’t wait for the next recipients to be named at Surfest 2023 in March next year.

“Surfest has been running for over 30 years, and our prize money parody recognises the importance of women competing at Surfest,” Warren said.

Surfest

Surfest originated in 1985 when Newcastle's movers and shakers were desperately trying to banish the city's grime-ridden industrial image and showcase the unheralded beauty of Newcastle beaches and surf breaks, Those visionaries developed the BHP Steel International Surfest's first incarnation and the richest professional surfing event in the world at that time.

Surfest has since become Australia's largest surfing festival.

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