Swim squad at Euroa pool help­ing peo­ple learn vi­tal skills

Euroa Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By HEATHER BAMFORD

SPORT­ING en­thu­si­ast Melinda Wat­son has mo­ti­vated many fam­i­lies with young chil­dren to take the op­por­tu­nity to im­prove their swim­ming skills by join­ing a new swim squad at the Euroa Swim­ming Pool.

With the gov­ern­ment rec­om­mend­ing that chil­dren need to have a ba­sic swim­ming level (to swim at least 50m) on leav­ing pri­mary school, squads like this are im­per­a­tive to the skill level of all chil­dren.

Lo­cal gov­ern­ment, who are also work­ing hard to main­tain their lo­cal pools for the ben­e­fit of the lo­cal com­mu­nity, should be sup­ported in their en­deav­ors.

Melinda has en­listed the help of Kylie Hunter who has been work­ing with the Vic Swim groups and is also em­ployed with swim groups in Shep­par­ton.

“I am very ex­cited about these groups start­ing up, hav­ing Kylie as the teacher and being able to put the Euroa pool to such a valu­able use,” Melinda said.

Over the last week, chil­dren who have in­di­cated in­ter­est in this ven­ture, have been as­sessed by Kylie and have been placed in groups ap­pro­pri­ate to their level of abil­ity.

All groups are com­pe­tency based and chil­dren have now been placed in one of three abil­ity lev­els in the ‘ learn to swim’ cat­e­gory.

These three younger groups now have their full quota.

In ad­di­tion, other chil­dren who have demon­strated a higher level of com­pe­tency where they are able to swim most styles and at a very com­pe­tent level may ei­ther be in the ju­nior, se­nior or adult squad but luck­ily there are still some places avail­able in these older groups.

Now that all chil­dren have been placed in one of these five groups, they are ready to start.

The ses­sions will com­mence on Tues­day, Jan­uary 24 and run be­tween 3.30pm- 7pm.

PHOTO: Heather Bamford

SWIM­MING EN­THU­SI­ASTS: With VicSwim in full swing, these young swim­mers are im­prov­ing their skills prior to the new swim squad com­menc­ing. Pic­tured are (from left) Emma New­ton, Mika Ste­fanos, Macey Wat­son, Sam Mills and Thomas New­ton.

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