Scholarship to help water safety lessons prove fruitful
A $9500 scholarship has been awarded for research in the Pilbara to improve water safety awareness and the popular Swim for Fruit program.
Royal Life Saving Society WA’s Jessica Cruickshank was awarded the Dr Heather MacGowan OAM Scholarship last week for her proposal to research the popular swim program being rolled out in the Pilbara.
The Swim for Fruit program is delivered by RLSSWA in seven pools in the Pilbara region, including a number of remote Aboriginal communities. It aims to encourage children aged five-17 to participate in regular physical activity at the pool by providing participation incentives such as a healthy afternoon tea.
“The research I will be doing is an in-depth evaluation of the program in the Pilbara region,” Ms Cruikshank said.
“In particular I’ll be examining the barriers in participation and effectiveness of the program.”
The program will be rolled out in Newman, Tom Price, Jigalong, Karratha, Wickham, Yandeyarra and Marble Bar.
Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies, scholarship recipient Jessica Cruickshank and Royal Life Saving Society WA chief executive Peter Leaversuch.