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Speaking in Colour Womens Pro

Mon 20 Mar
- Sun 26 Mar

The Speaking in Colour Womens Pro marks 37 years of the iconic Newcastle sporting event and the 7th year that the region’s business community has joined together to crowd fund this world class professional surfing contest for women. In 2023 the prize money for the women surfers will be AU$50,000.

The crowdfunding initiative began in 2015 when local business banker, Col Law, developed a crowdfunding idea. Col worked with Surfest organiser Warren Smith and a number of local business people to develop a strategy to fund the event. This strategy would ensure that Newcastle’s iconic Surfest would provide world-class opportunity for women in the sport.

In its 7th year, Speaking in Colour are thrilled to be selected as naming rights sponsor of the 2023 Speaking in Colour Women’s Pro held on the National Surfing Reserve, Merewether Beach between 20 March to 26 March.

Speaking in Colour is a leading provider of training, cultural experience and education resources based on Awabakal Country, and supporting women to achieve their goals is second nature to this 100% women led business.  

Founder and Managing Director Cherie Johnson says we have worked with other elite female athletes, applying an Aboriginal lens and using traditional practice to help build strong teams with a focus on wellbeing.   

“Speaking in Colour and the 2023 Surfest Women’s Pro is a perfect match. Our vison is to make a different in the delivery of Aboriginal education in the spirit of reconciliation.” 

“Working with Surfest provides us with an outstanding opportunity to talk to a whole new group of people that probably don’t even know that we exist, let alone know about the work we do.” 

Speaking in Colour works with education providers, government and the corporate sector providing NESA endorsed training for educators, develop localised cultural resources for educators and cultural experiences for kids, teens and adults.

Professional development and support to corporate and government sectors including: cultural capacity training, cultural team building, wellness sessions, staff onboarding, RAP development, consultancy and much more. 

The Speaking in Colour team will be on hand through the event providing a range of cultural experiences and showcasing locally made woven products.  

Find out more at speakingincolour.com.au 

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