A lift in con­fi­dence for the com­mu­nity

Isis Town and Country - - News -

MOST of us take for granted our abil­ity to get in and out of a swim­ming pool with ease, with­out the aid or sup­port of a carer.

Childers swim­ming pool man­ager Mike Roberts is in the process of ap­ply­ing for govern­ment grants to pay for a new mo­bil­ity lift for the pool.

“We cur­rently have one; it works but doesn’t have a seat,” Mr Roberts said.

The mo­bil­ity lifts are de­signed to as­sist a per­son with gain­ing safe ac­cess in and out of the pool.

“We have peo­ple in our com­mu­nity that will ben­e­fit from a new lift,” he said.

“I see peo­ple strug­gle ev­ery day get­ting in and out of the wa­ter, and with an ag­ing com­mu­nity the pool needs it.”

Mr Roberts has pas­sion for swim­ming and en­cour­ages all ages to be ac­tive. Swim­ming doesn’t re­quire a high level of fit­ness and any­one can float.

The sum­mer school hol­i­days have kept Mr Roberts busy as the lo­cals flocked to the pool to es­cape the hot days.

“I be­lieve the lift will en­cour­age less con­fi­dent peo­ple to get back in the pool,” he said.

“We have many health is­sues in our com­mu­nity and the sim­ple ac­tiv­ity of walk­ing up and down the pool works won­ders for a lot of peo­ple.”

For many peo­ple, jump­ing off a div­ing block into a pool will never hap­pen and with the sup­port of a new lift Mr Roberts be­lieves more peo­ple will use the pool and it may be an op­tion for wa­ter ther­a­pies and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

“We need the grant as a new lift can cost $14,000 and it’s money we just don’t have and it’s a ser­vice we need to pro­vide to the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Mike Roberts I be­lieve the lift will en­cour­age less con­fi­dent peo­ple to get back in the pool.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

POOL LIFT: Childers Pool man­ager Mike Roberts needs the grant to buy a new lift.

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