All inclusive at Beatty Park all abilities night

28 February 2022

On Friday the 21st of January, the City of Vincent hosted an “All Abilities Night” at Beatty Park. This free community event was dedicated to providing children with disabilities and their families the opportunity to enjoy a pool session designed for them.

Mother with two daughters in shallow end of pool 

It was an evening filled with prizes and entertainment. Swimming instructors from the City's Angelfish program, which provides swimming lessons for children with a disability, were on hand as well as a mermaid! Keeping various needs in mind several water wheelchairs were made available, the giant tipping bucket and water fountains were turned off, and a quiet zone was set up to provide a calm space for children with sensory issues.

"Royal Life Saving commends this initiative,” Royal Life Saving WA Senior Manager Education, Trent Hotchkin, said. “Public aquatic centres are a community hub that provide significant health, physical activity and social benefits, and it’s great to see facilities like Beatty Park provide programs which break down barriers to participation." 

Woman dressed as mermaid giving high fives to child

The event was structured to also appeal to those without a disability, as the City recognises the importance of creating an inclusive event where children of all abilities could play together. With the success of the event and great feedback received, Trent hopes that this project will provide an entry point to the range of services at Beatty Park. 

Royal Life Saving is committed to ensuring access to swimming for people of all abilities. Follow the link below to learn more about our work in this space. 

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