Syrian, Iraqi refugees dive into first Queensland summer with beach swim
Updated January 19, 2017 17:29:19
Refugees who fled war-torn Syria and Iraq have been given a taste of a classic summer tradition, with their first swim at an Australian beach.
More than 100 of Queensland’s newest residents dived headfirst into the surf adventure at Caloundra, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
Refugee agency MDA brought the group to the beach, including 13-year-old Patil Stepan who arrived in the state two months ago and had never before felt the ocean.
She laughed and squealed as she ran into the waves for the first time.
“It is very beautiful and I am very happy,” she said.
“I love my new home in Australia.”