Award Finalist Just Swell


Inverloch’s Swell Mamas has been recognised for their dedication to improving community health and wellbeing by being named a finalist in the Regional Achievement and Community Awards.

The group will now find out if they have won the Medibank Healthy Partipation Award, with this category recognising the efforts of individuals, volunteers, health professionals, community groups, businesses and organisations in regional and rural Victoria, at an event held at Etihad Stadium on Friday, 24 October.

Bass Coast Shire Council Townsend Ward Councillor, Jordan Crugnale, congratulated Swell Mamas on being named a finalist out of almost 200 nominations over nine categories.

“It is of no surprise that such a highly respected and enthusiastic local organisation working tirelessly, resourcefully and professionally with immeasurable benefits to our community has made the finals.”

‘”Through our Councillor Discretionary Fund program, the Bass Coast Shire provided the seed funding for the first Swell Mamas Supported 6 week program.”

‘This surfing program for young mothers was run in partnership with the Bass Coast Community Health as an active, fun, non – confrontational way of building support and connections between the mothers themselves, their children and indirectly with their community and services in area.’

“What better way to break the isolation of motherhood than through a surfing program in a stunning location.”

Swell Mamas is a local not for profit organisation with a beach play and surfing focus that was established in 2009 by two passionate mums, Lucy Cousens and Geraldine Archibald, who wanted to provide an opportunity for women to feel encouraged and supported to have a go at surfing in a family friendly environment.

Swell Mamas manifests positive self image, community connection, physical health, strength and wellbeing and has provided mentoring, equipment and support to hundreds of women and children in Bass Coast.

Swell Mamas engages women and children in surfing through two initiatives; a weekly year round program and tailored specific 5-6 week supported programs.