Talent Pool crew join in Hedland celebrations

3 February 2021

Royal Life Saving WA’s Talent Pool program is an innovative training and employment initiative, supported by Principal Community Partner BHP, that provides a springboard for Aboriginal young people wanting to take action and achieve employment in the aquatics industry. In the Pilbara it has also become successful in enabling the young people involved in the program to engage with local community groups, networking and serving at community events whenever they can.

Recently Royal Life Saving WA partnered with the Town of Port Hedland and BHP to join locals in celebrating Australia Day at the South Hedland Aquatic Centre. The extremely successful event was well attended by over 600 people, reflecting a fruit bowl of cultures that makes the iron ore mining town of Port Hedland a great place to live and grow a family.

There were many activities to enjoy, with children swimming, playing games, receiving a special visit from the local mermaids, taking on the Aqua-Run Gauntlet and collectively eating 600 BBQ sausages expertly cooked by the RLSSWA “Penguin Squad”. The “Penguin Squad” became part of the Talent Pool program after some of the young people were approached to serve in suits and ties at a community function late last year. The young people, all qualified lifeguards, were happy to swap their lifeguard uniforms for more formal attire for that event.

They returned to their food service work at the recent Australia Day celebration, and proved they’re just as adept at cooking sausages as they are at saving lives, although this time around they were happy to be able to dress a little less formally for the event!

Royal Life Saving WA Senior Manager for Community Development, Tim Turner, said the event was enjoyed by all. “The Australia Day celebrations were a huge success, though we recognise and acknowledge the significance and solemnity of the day for first nations people across Australia.”

You can find out more about the great work of the Talent Pool program in supporting Aboriginal young people across our state at the link below.

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