Coolgardie kids enjoy their first ever Swim for Fruit

24 December 2019

Children floating on their back in the pool at CoolgardieChildren from the Shire of Coolgardie enjoyed taking part in our Go For 2&5 Swim for Fruit program in Term Four, the first time the program has been run in Coolgardie. Swim for Fruit encourages children in regional communities to swim laps at their local pool, and rewards them for their swimming efforts with a healthy afternoon tea following each session. Those achieving a prescribed amount of laps are also eligible to earn incentive prizes such as goggles, Swim & Survive packs, t-shirts and flippers.

The program is funded by Healthway and designed to not only ensure children take part in physical activity, but learn about healthy eating too. It's been running in many communities across WA for the past 10 years, and Royal Life Saving WA is pleased to see Coolgardie children now getting involved.

The response in the town was overwhelming with over 30 youths between 6-17 years old participating. Local aquatic centre staff have noticed a marked improvement in the children's swimming skills since the program was implimented, with children loving the challenge of competing against each other to swim the most laps!

Royal Life Saving WA's Swim and Survive team looks forward to working with the Shire of Coolgardie to run the program again in 2020.

You can read more about the Swim for Fruit program at the link below.

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