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Senior surfers unite to raise dementia research funds

WIPEOUT DEMENTIA: the friendly competition is on May 27 at Queenscliff Beach in Sydney.
WIPEOUT DEMENTIA: the friendly competition is on May 27 at Queenscliff Beach in Sydney.

HEAD to Queenscliff Beach on Sydney's northern beaches on May 27 to watch 27 surfers show off their senior techniques in the fifth challenge for Wipeout Dementia.

The famous and not-so famous surfing legends will be on hand to drive this vital fundraising event in aid of the University of New South Wales Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing Dementia Momentum.

The targeted $100,000 will go directly to this dementia research initiative which harnesses data from international studies for analysis with the aim of changing the researchers' knowledge of dementia.

"Wipeout Dementia advocates the relationship between physical exercise and cardio-vascular health and how that corresponds to brain health, and particularly brain health in late life," event creator Heidi Douglass said.

"One of the significant factors of brain health in late life is retaining a level of activity of during mid-life.

"Exercise has many benefits for the body and its effect on the brain is an important one. It has been found to increase blood flow, promote new cell formation in the brain and improve cognitive function. "


The three teams of nine competitors, most of them senior executives or large national and international companies, will then take to the waves to surf off against each other all in aid of raising funds for the Dementia Momentum initiative.

Those teams are Grellman's Evergreens captained by spokesman for the Dementia Momentum Richard Grellman AM, Gillespie's Grommets Forever captained by Robert Gillespie and Cunningham's Cruisers captained by John Cunningham the managing director of Cunningham's Real Estate.

The 1978 world surfing champion Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew, an ambassador for Wipeout Dementia, will be part of the Grellman's Evergreens team. 

In previous years Tony Abbott and Mike Baird have participated. 

Topics:  centre for healthy brain ageing dementia dementia momentum general-senior-news health sport university of new south wales


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