Fitzroy Crossing Pool making a real impact

8 November 2017

The local spring where Wangkatjunka children usually swimWhat better way to round off the working week than by presenting 30 excited children with their swimming certificates? Fitzroy Crossing Swimming Pool Manager Trevor Caporn and his wife Adele spent last Friday with the local kids from Wangkatjunka Remote Community School, celebrating their newly acquired Swim and Survive skills and enjoying a barbecue lunch together.

The children completed eight hours of swimming lessons over four days, travelling two hours each way from school. The kids’ everyday swimming pool is a year-round spring near their community, so it was super exciting for them to travel to Fitzroy Crossing Swimming Pool every day.

“It was an absolute pleasure teaching these kids, as they were so excited to do swimming lessons,” Adele says.

The Fitzroy Crossing team has been making a real impact recently with a pool party also held in the community last month, facilitated by the local police.Children and staff at the Fitzroy Crossing Pool Party 134 children and 64 adults attended the event which was thoroughly enjoyed by all!

Local Police Constable Jodie Parker said “we’re grateful to Trevor and Adele for kindly extending the pool hours to make the pool party possible, and for monitoring the kids during the entire event. I don’t know what the kids would do without this wonderful facility!”Locals enjoying a pool party at Fitzroy Crossing pool

The Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pools Project (RASP) is managed by Royal Life Saving WA and funded primarily through the Department of Communities with additional contribution made through BHP and the Telethon Kids Institute. It focuses on providing the remote communities of Burringurrah, Jigalong, Yandeyarra, Bidyadanga, Warmun and Fitzroy Crossing with recreational and educational swimming programs, to encourage safe aquatic participation.

You can learn more about the program at the link below.

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