Disabled Surfing life member to be honoured at next Bunker Bay event

Honour: Disabled Surfing Association president Ant Pursell with his wife Rita. Picture: Supplied.

Honour: Disabled Surfing Association president Ant Pursell with his wife Rita. Picture: Supplied.

As part of the second Disabled Surfing Association event of the season there will be a special 'paddle out' to commemorate life long member Rita Pursell.

Mrs Pursell passed away late last year of cancer but was instrumental in getting the association set up in the South West along with her husband and president Ant.

Vasse MLA Libby Mettam has written a tribute to Mrs Pursell.

'I would like to acknowledge the service of Rita Pursell for her efforts in supporting the vulnerable. It is with a heavy heart that the community has said its farewells to Rita, a lady who has given so much to so many.

Rita had courageously been battling cancer for several years. She endured so much, but stayed positive and determined to fight to spend each day with Ant, her husband of 45 years, and their beloved three boys and six grandchildren.

Ant and Rita are passionate advocates for people with disabilities. Ant was the brainchild of the Disabled Surfers Association South West.

For the past 15 years, Rita has been a fantastic support and has quietly volunteered behind the scenes on this and other wonderful community initiatives, ensuring that these activities, like surfing, that we take for granted are available to all members of the community.

The Disabled Surfers Association South West has said that as an inaugural committee member, Rita's contributions to disabled surfing and the wider community went much further than those provided on the beach.

Rita warmly welcomed the committee into her home for meetings, assisted greatly in fundraising efforts and was an avid advocate for all those with disabilities. She had an understanding, care and compassion that radiated to all those around her.

Our hearts have been left broken, with a very specially taken too soon. Rita's smile, laugh and enthusiasm for life will be greatly missed within our community and on the beach at the DSA's Let's Go Surfing Day events.'