Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

Queensland Buoyed up youth program launch by Noosa

by Tracey Johnstone on 5 Jun 2013
Buoyed Up Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club
Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club are about to launch a new program which gives local and regional youth access to a sport often seen as inaccessible.

The aptly named Buoyed Up program is targeted at vulnerable youth between the ages of seven and 12. Through the process of learning basic sailing skills, these youth will be encouraged to build self-esteem, develop motor and team working skills, enhance their resilience amongst others and learn about the environment.

Buoyed Up is the brain child of Canberra Yacht Club’s Matt Owen. For the last 14 months he has been rolling out the program in the ACT, testing the structure and working in partnership with the Sir Thomas Lipton Foundation and Communities@Work to establish a sustainable program.

The sailing skills teaching is based on Yachting Australia’s Tackers program where the supplied and very hardy Optimist boats are used to encourage youth to experience sailing in a non-competitive, fun environment.

In April this year the Buoyed Up steering committee approached NYRC’s sailing manager, Paul Blundell, about starting the same program in Queensland. Blundell leapt at the chance.

'We are going to use the program to introduce indigenous and vulnerable youth to sailing. With the help of the non-Government organisation, United Synergies, we are offering these youth the chance to get into sailing, hopefully ultimately keep them in the sport and get them to do something along the lines of a junior instructor.

'I have already met with Dokko, which is the steering body of the Gubbi Gubbi tribe who are the traditional owners of the Sunshine Coast.

'For the first group we are looking at either the first or second week of the September school holidays. We will run four camps in the first year during each school holiday plus Christmas holiday period. Each camp will be held over five week days.'

The budget for the first year, based on an impressive 80 youth attending, is $40,000. This is why Blundell and his NYRC team have organised a big fund-raiser at the club on Saturday 13th July.


Attending the function as guest speaker will be Buoyed Up national patron and dual Olympic Gold Medallist Malcolm Page along with Paralympic Gold Medal winning sailor Liesl Tesch, who won Gold in the Skud class in London after picking up Silver (Sydney and Athens) and Bronze (Beijing) as a women’s wheelchair basketball player.

Also in the room will be program supporters, the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs, Glen Elmes and Sunshine Coast Councillor Russell Green.

Function tickets are selling for $100 with all profits go to two areas; 50 per cent to Buoyed Up and 50 per cent to help purchase an Access 303 dinghy for young Sunshine Coast Cerebral Palsy sufferer, Lucia Neely.


'We have the blessing of Minister Glen Elmes. He is committed to assisting with program funding and pushing the program further afield. He wants to investigate bringing youth from Cherbourg and Murgon, putting them up in the Sea Scouts facility with their tribal supervisors and parents and have them participate in the program while also opening their eyes to various cultural events to with their traditional background.

Blundell is enthusiastic about what the Buoyed Up program can offer the youth. 'It’s not something that is normally offered as an opportunity to try.' NYRC plan to turn that situation around starting in September this year.

For more information on the program, contact Paul Blundell, sailing@nyrc.com.au

Mackay BoatsWildwind 2016 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

The Great Dane dies at 88 + Video
One of the heroes of sailing, Paul Elvstrøm (DEN) has died at the age of 88 years. One of the heroes of sailing, Paul Elvstrøm (DEN) has died at the age of 88 years. Known as the Great Dane, and winner of four Olympic Gold Medals, and many world championships in multiple classes from dinghies to keelboats, Elvstrøm put a footprint on the sport like no other.
Posted on 7 Dec
A Q&A with Olympic champ Malcolm Page about his new job at US Sailing
I recently talked with Malcolm Page, US Sailing’s newly hired Chief of Olympic Sailing, to learn more about his new job. Malcolm Page (AUS; 44) is a hyper-talented Men’s 470 sailor who won two Olympic gold medals (2008 and 2012) sailing with two different skippers, as well as seven World Championship titles, and who has long studied under the legendary Ukrainian coach Victor Kovalenko. I recently talked with Page, who was just hired as US Sailing’s new Chief of Olympic Sailing, to learn more about his new job.
Posted on 5 Dec
America's Cup - Kiwi lodges Appeal against Jury in San Francisco Cup
Former Oracle Team USA crew member, Matthew Mitchell (NZL) has lodged an Appeal against a Decision to dismiss his case Former Oracle Team USA crew member, Matthew Mitchell (NZL) has lodged an Appeal against a Decision to dismiss his case taken against the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco. On October 28, 2016, US District Judge Vince Chhabria dismissed Mitchell's claim against the five-person International Jury on the basis that it was lodged too late.
Posted on 2 Dec
A Q&A with Nick Bice about the recent changes for the 2017/2018 VOR
I caught up with Nick Bice, the VOR’s director of boats and maintenance, to learn more about the VOR’s new directions. I recently had the pleasure of hearing Nick Bice, the Volvo Ocean Race’s director of boats and maintenance, deliver a keynote speech to an audience of marine-industry professionals and official Volvo Ocean Race suppliers at the 2016 METS trade show in Amsterdam. I caught up with Bice after his presentation to learn more about the new directions that the race is taking for its thirteenth edition.
Posted on 28 Nov
A Q&A with Sharon Green about the prep work that ensures great images
I talked with ace photographer Sharon Green to learn more about the prep work that goes into each image that she snaps. I caught up with ace photographer Sharon Green at the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds to learn more about the behind-the-scenes preparation work that goes into each image that she snaps. While some of Green’s tips are specific to professional shooters (e.g., helicopter time or juggling multiple camera bodies), plenty of amateur lensmen will be well served to consider Green’s racecourse-proven tips.
Posted on 23 Nov
Dockside with CQS - radical, revamped supermaxi up close
The revamped supermaxi CQS is currently in Auckland's Silo Marina, ahead of her first race on Friday The revamped supermaxi CQS is currently in Auckland's Silo Marina, ahead of her first race on Friday - the White Island Race which will double as Rolex Sydney Hobart Qualifier. Originally the 90ft Nicorette designed by South African Alex Simonis, the new project to upgrade to a 100ft supermaxi has been led by Brett Bakewell-White (NZ) and Bakewell-White Yacht Design.
Posted on 22 Nov
Gladwell's Line - President Croce caught at helm in Perfect Storm
No real surprise that incumbent President Carlo Croce (ITA) was unseated mid-way an eight-year term After a year or more punctuated with issues that should not have happened, it is no real surprise that incumbent President Carlo Croce (ITA) was unseated mid-way through what should have been an eight-year term. Also gone is one of his lieutenants, Chris Atkins (GBR) as Vice President, who remarkably polled 13th out of the 15 candidates.
Posted on 15 Nov
Gladwell's Line -The America's Cup settlement deal
The 'News' today that Emirates Team New Zealand has won their case before the Arbitration Panel is not news The 'News' today that Emirates Team New Zealand has won their case before the America's Cup Arbitration Panel is not new - Sail-World reported the same story in the first and second weeks of September. The Hearing on the amount of compensation to be paid is yet to be held. So far we have been unable to discover a date if indeed one has been set. Maybe next year?
Posted on 11 Oct
Debriefing the 2016 J/70 Worlds with Winning Skipper Joel Ronning
I talked with Joel Ronning after the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds to learn about his team’s win at this high-level regatta. Since its inception in 2012, the J/70 has become the most popular One Design boat in decades, with 1,100+ boats sailing in myriad countries. Some 68 boats from 15 countries arrived on San Francisco Bay last week to determine bragging rights at the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds. I caught up with Joel Ronning to learn more about the Catapult team’s road to becoming the 2016 J/70 World Champions.
Posted on 5 Oct
Rio 2016 - America's Cup champ says Paralympic racing is closest ever
Twice America’s Cup champion, Rick Dodson is extremely impressed with the standard of racing in the three man Sonar Twice America’s Cup champion, Rick Dodson is extremely impressed with the standard of racing in the three man Sonar keelboat class at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. The regatta is being held in Guanabara Bay on three of the courses used for the Olympic Sailing Regatta in August.
Posted on 13 Sep