A day of fun and friendship in Warmun

19 October 2021

Pool Manager Steve Waterman presenting Shonece with her Bronze Medallion certificateWith our Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pools open again for the new season the team at Warmun has wasted no time in getting the community back in the water for some serious fun, food and good times! Last Friday the community kids came together to enjoy a special event where one of the local women was presented with her Bronze Medallion certificate.

Shonece is the Gija Youth Manager in Warmun and was very proud to have completed her Bronze Medallion training. She’s already looking forward to completing her requalification later in the season!A Warmun boy sitting on a hammock eating oranges

The Gija Youth Program provides a mentoring based approach to working with young people in Warmun, and aims to reduce the rate of Indigenous young people in the community having adverse contact with the criminal justice system. It strives to equip young people to become physically and emotionally resilient, socially responsible and culturally proud adults. Seeing Shonece complete her Bronze Medallion training has been a great example for the young people she works with in Warmun and will hopefully inspire them to follow in her footsteps!

During last Friday’s event the pool inflatable was out for the kids to play on and Pool Manager Steve Waterman says it was a whole lot of fun. “Everyone had a great day at the pool, and we also had an awesome feed prepared by my wife, Aisyah. Prawn fried rice, egg salad and whole load of cut fruits. The pool encourages everyone in the community to come together not only for a healthier environment but also to create the kind of bond that keeps family and friends close.”

Aisyah, Steve and Leanne with a Warmun boyIt was also fantastic that Royal Life Saving WA Community Trainer Leanne Coverley-Brandis was able to be in Warmun for the event, as she travelled in the north of our state leading training programs in a number of communities.

Read more about the work of our Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pools at the link below.

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