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Salone surfing joins others to celebrate UN Day for Sports Development & Peace

April 11, 2016 By Sahr Morris Jr.

Sierra Leone Surfing Association (SLSA) has joined the other 97 members to celebrate United Nations International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on 6 April.

The International Surfing Association (ISA) united its 98 Member Nations, including Sierra Leone, as they celebrated the day, which encourages wider access to sport and underlines the power of sport as a universal tool for social change, development and peace.

SLSA and other ISA members contributed to the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace by participating in the White Card Campaign, a symbolic movement where athletes post photos with white cards to represent peace and the positive impact that sport has had in their lives.

As part of the celebration, Sierra Leone engaged surfing youth to take part in the White Card Campaign and the surfers displayed their white cards to show how surfing in Sierra Leone has acted as an outlet for joy and happiness, helping the country and especially the youth overcome the difficult times caused by civil war and the Ebola epidemic.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said in a press statement that “Surfing is not just a sport. It is a lifestyle and a tool that has the incredible proven ability to transcend racial and cultural barriers, unite people of different backgrounds and create social change.

 “We are stoked to participate in International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. It’s an amazing day to bring to light the enormous power of sport to bring a better world through peace, love and respect for each,” he said.

Sierra became the 98th member of the ISA after it was recently approved by the executive of the international body.

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