Schol­ar­ship to help wa­ter safety lessons prove fruit­ful

Pilbara News - - News - Tay­lar Amonini

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.

Pic­ture: Gareth Andersen

Sport and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Mia Davies, schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ent Jes­sica Cruick­shank and Royal Life Sav­ing So­ci­ety WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Leaver­such.

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