A lift in confidence for the community
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.
POOL LIFT: Childers Pool manager Mike Roberts needs the grant to buy a new lift.