Fruity fun for young swimmers in Warmun

1 December 2020
group of young Aboriginal kids standing around a fruit table

Last Friday, November 27th, saw the kids of Warmun come together for their first ever Swim for Fruit Challenge! Capping off their Swim for Fruit season, the Challenge was an extra chance for the kids to display their prowess in the pool. 

The event was held at the Warmun community swimming pool with the assistance of Gija Youth Program team members. Over 40 kids attended, enjoying swimming races, games and a stunning display of fresh fruit!

Pool Manager Steve Waterman said what a fantastic day it was. “Everyone had an amazing day swimming, eating fresh fruit, and finishing off with a sausage sizzle. Thanks to Aisyah for preparing the fruit, the kids were extremely excited to see the colourful fruit platters.”

Warmun Pool Manager Steve Waterman with Aisyah from Gija Youth Program and a young Aboriginal childThe kids who had swum the most laps during the Swim for Fruit season were presented with brand new pairs of goggles, before hitting the water again in a new contest. “The winners faced off in a race to see who was the fastest,” said Steve, “then became team leaders and got to pick their own teams for the relay races. The lane ropes were put in for the swimming races and relays while on the outside there were other games plus a massive amount of fruit platters and watermelon juice for everyone.”

little Aboriginal boy holding a fruit skewer“After the race, the kids enjoyed playing with the fruit inflatables and Swim for Fruit beach balls. They also got to make their own fruit skewers with some of their favourite fruits. The top picks of the day were mangoes, strawberries, kiwifruit and watermelon.”

“A big thank you to Royal Life Saving WA and Healthway for their ongoing support and for all the products provided for this event.”

Healthway is a major supporter of the Swim for Fruit program in Western Australia, a lap swimming program and expansion of the school-based Swim and Survive programs in regional and remote Aboriginal communities. The program encourages physical activity and promotes healthy lifestyle habits to the communities. Learn more about the program at the link below.

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