Warmun families enjoy school holiday fun at local pool

5 February 2020

The children in Warmun enjoyed some fun times at the remote Aboriginal swimming pool in their community over the recent school holidays. There were a range of activities on offer which made the pool the place to be!

Pool Manager Aaron Jacobs says water polo is a very popular activity with the locals. “We held a water polo game for the kids recently, with 12 children and a couple of youth workers getting involved. The game was highly competitive, and it was fantastic to see the skill level and teamwork which the Warmun children displayed.”

Warmun children playing water polo in their local pool as a storm rolls inWater Polo is a regular aquatic activity at Warmun Community Aquatic Centre, and that was clearly demonstrated in the skills and knowledge the children showed on game day! Both teams worked well together with the scores level at 13 all before an incoming storm unfortunately interrupted play.

The children’s love of the game will be built upon throughout the rest of the season with water polo set to be run each week at Warmun Pool in partnership with the local school.

The families in the community also enjoyed a special Night Swim + Disco event that was held recently. The scene was set with a dramatic Kimberley sunset as 55 smiling locals walked through the Warmun Aquatic Centre gates.

Supervision, the night's activities and a healthy light feed was provided by local Gija Youth program employees, with the assistance from Pool Manager Aaron who says many kids cooled off in the pool while the older youth found a dark corner within the Aquatic Centre grounds to groove to the beats. “It was great to see the Community come together to help with the night's activities. At the event's end a group of parents thanked the Gija Youth workers and myself with a 'this night swim and disco was deadly' remark of appreciation.”

The Gija Youth program (Recreation Shed) provides a place for Warmun children to spend time outside school hours. They employ local people who set up activities and meals for the Warmun youth. Aaron plans to work with the program over the coming months to ensure every child in the community also gets involved in pool activities.

The Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pool program is supported by the Department of Communities and BHP. We’re also thankful for the strong partnerships being built with local community organisations in remote towns, who assist in providing activities at the pool for local children and families to enjoy.

You can learn more about the Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pool program at the link below.

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