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Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group swapped their normal surround of the port for a different kind of water view when they attended the presentation of the Newcastle and Mid North Coast Regional Surfing Titles.

Held across the weekend at beaches in Merewether, the junior regional titles were contested over four age divisions - U12, U14, U16, U18 covering both boys and girls in most age groups.

“NCIG is passionate about supporting local events and initiatives that foster and nurture the youth within our community,” said Environmental Advisor Philip Reid. “We were thrilled to be able to provide the High Performance Awards as a new addition to this great event. Though I am glad we didn’t have to select the recipients as watching the juniors attack the waves, it would have been hard to choose” he said.

Surfing Newcastle put in place some fairly high standards for the NCIG High Performance Awards which cover three main criteria: participation and performance in the regionals, best three results of the preceding year; and the surfer's attitude and professionalism as shown by their contributions to their club, sport or community.

President of the organisation Dan Frodsham, along with a panel, reviewed all the applicants and recognised the level of professionalism and competition of all the entrants. “The Hunter and Mid North Coast is producing some world class surfers who not only produce the goods in the water but also out of it” Frodsham said.

“With surfing now an Olympic sport, we are heightening our focus on junior development, aiming to give young athletes exposure to high-level competition, coaching and judging. We also want to provide a good experience for spectators and the community.”

“The partnership with NCIG has helped us lift the professionalism of the event and we are thankful for the opportunity it provides to our next generation of surfers.”

The inaugural awards were part of the first round of NCIGs Community Support Program in 2018 and the winners were Joshua Stretton of Anna Bay and Amelie Bourke of Merewether. Both were stoked for being selected and thanked NCIG by acknowledging how this will assist them in their future surfing endeavours.

“At first I was a little taken back and overwhelmed, especially knowing how many talented surfers that were competing over the weekend” said Joshua.  “I have worked so very hard throughout the past 12 months, so winning the NCIG High Performance Award was such an honour.”

With the scholarship funds, I am planning on putting towards Aqua Lessons to improve my breathing and overall fitness. This will help me to further develop my skill and give me confidence, especially in more critical surf conditions. Thanks again to the team at Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group for their generous contribution to the sport of surfing in our region”.

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