Game on in Yandeyarra with visit from Fair Game team

15 February 2022
Fair Game representative with Yandeyarra childThe remote Aboriginal community of Yandeyarra, in WA’s Pilbara region, recently had a very special visit from the team at Fair Game Australia. 

Fair Game is a community organisation that delivers unique health and fitness programs using recycled sports equipment to remote and under-serviced communities, enabling them to promote healthy lifestyle choices. The organisation’s aim is to reduce the risk of lifestyle-related disease, build social cohesion and improve mental wellbeing within these communities.

game of water polo at Yandeyarra poolThe Fair Game team visited the Yandeyarra Community Pool on Saturday 12th February, engaging the local kids in an exciting game of water polo. The Yandeyarra pool is managed by Royal Life Saving WA as part of the Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pools program and receives support from the Department of Communities, with additional support provided by Principal Community Partner BHP.

The visit from the ‘Fair Gamers’, as they are known, was part of the organisation’s Game On! program, which encourages active communities through fun, sports-based activities which promote fitness, teamwork and coordination.

“We had a lovely visit from the Fair Game team, and as always the kids were all keen to participate,” said Yandeyarra Pool Manager Sandra McKenzie. “Good game of water polo, a barbecue lunch and a great time had by all.”

The water polo game was an opportunity for the Yandeyarra children to build on the foundations of their swimming and water safety skills. The children regularly participate in swimming and water safety education programs at the pool, such as Swim and Survive, learning the vital swimming and water safety skills to enable them to safely go on and try these aquatic sports.

Fair Game representatives with children at Yandeyarra poolGame On! has been developed and delivered in partnership with a number of organisations including the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Garnduwa, Teach Learn Grow, ICEA and the AFL.

Staff and volunteers of the organisation are trained to deliver a variety of programs based on the unique requirements of the communities they visit. Royal Life Saving WA is pleased to collaborate with community organisations such as Fair Game and the opportunities this creates for all Western Australians.