A North Yorkshire Fixer wants to make positive waves in her town by showing teenagers, who may be tempted by drink, drugs or anti-social behaviour, the benefits of alternative sports like surfing.
Her story was shown on ITV News Tyne Tees on Thursday 6th March.
Five years ago, Olivia Irving (18) was encouraged by her father to take up surfing, after starting to fall in with the wrong crowd.
Not wanting to ruin her future prospects, the Stokesley Fixer channelled her energy into the sport and hasn’t looked back since.
‘It took me away from all that,’ Olivia explains.
'In my spare time, I was surfing or in the sea instead of just hanging around with my all my friends.
‘I’ve seen people from all backgrounds get into surfing - you can just see them change.
'They start working harder at school and get themselves a job. They begin to realise what’s important.’
Nick Noble, instructor at Saltburn Surf School, also features in the piece explaining how surfing can give individuals a renewed focus in life.
He says: ‘If a young person becomes hooked on a sport, they’re going to put their energies into something positive and are far less likely to be distracted by negative things that they may get involved with.’
Olivia, who is preparing to go on a year-long surfing vacation, hopes her film will inspire others to try the sport, so they too can enjoy all it has to offer.
‘I’ve gained a lot of confidence from surfing and if I hadn't started it, I wouldn’t be going travelling,’ she explains.
'There’s so much that young people could learn from this activity. The hope is the film will go viral online and open people’s eyes to the joys of this sport.’