Indigenous sports

The Indigenous Sport and Recreation Program (ISRP) aims to create a sport and recreation sector that is inclusive of and accessible to Indigenous Victorians.

The program aims to:

  • increase awareness within the sport and recreation industry of ways that it can be more inclusive of indigenous people;
  • increase access to sport and recreation opportunities by working with indigenous communities;
  • increase the involvement of indigenous people in the sport and recreation industry; and
  • facilitate links between sport and recreation organisations, indigenous communities and other relevant agencies.

To achieve this Sport and Recreation Victoria's ISRP works with a range of organisations including Indigenous communities, sports groups, State Sporting Associations (SSAs) and national sports organisations. The ISRP provides direct service delivery including sports activities in partnership with SSAs, Traditional Indigenous Games, school programs and Cross Cultural Awareness.

The ISRP also supports the delivery of the Australian Sports Commission's (ASC's) Indigenous Sport Program to Victoria's Indigenous communities.

Victorian Indigenous Surf Titles

Almost 100 surfers and 300 spectators from Indigenous communities across Victoria competed in the 2011 Victorian Indigenous Surf Titles held outside Anglesea. The competition has grown steadily over the past ten years and attracts competitors from as far away as Swan Hill and Phillip Island.

Each year the winner of the Men's Open section of the titles receives a wildcard to trial for the opportunity to surf at the Rip Curl Pro.

The titles are sponsored by the Victorian Government Play it Safe by the Water campaign and supported by VicHealth, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, Victoria Police community policing unit, Wathaurong Glass, the Wathaurong Community, Sport and Recreation Victoria, Surfing Victoria and the surfing industry.