Fun under lights at Fitzroy Crossing remote pool

11 October 2021
kids on inflatable at Fitzroy Crossing poolThursday nights have become a lot more fun in the remote Kimberley community of Fitzroy Crossing with late-night swims introduced at the community’s pool!

The pool, which is managed by Royal Life Saving WA as part of the Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pools Project (RASPP), recently opened for the season under the helm of new pool managers Chris Osborne and Katie Boland.

sunset swim at Fitzroy Crossing poolChris and Katie joined forces with youth worker Kenneth (Kenny) Brunner to put on a night-time swim event for the community last week.

Kenny, a former pro-basketballer originally from the US, has been in Fitzroy Crossing for the past few months running a youth program as part of a joint initiative between the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley, the WA Police and Marra Worra Worra Aboriginal Corporation.

As the sun set over the Fitzroy Valley on Thursday 7th October, local community members flocked to the pool for an evening of fun and aquatic activity. Kenny helped with running the games at the event as well as cooking up a feast for the hungry horde!

late night fun at fitzroy crossing poolKatie, the pool’s Program Coordinator, said the inaugural event was a huge success. “The kids and families of Fitzroy Crossing enjoyed a late-night dip, along with a sausage sizzle, fruit and plenty of games and fun,” she said. “120 people from the community came together for the event.” 

“We are hoping to continue the event every second Thursday and give youth a safe place to expel energy and participate in healthy proactive life choices.”