Swimming scheme wins award
A swimming programme for refugee and migrant women has won a national award.
The programme, run at Mt Roskill’s Cameron Pool by primary health organisation ProCare, won an utstanding Community Recreation Programme Award from the New Zealand Recreation Association.
More than 120 refugee women from 1 countries including Somalia, Fiji and Sudan take part in the programme, which is run because they prefer to swim without men present.
Recreation association chief executive Brendon Ward says the initiative’s “feel good factor” helped in their decision.
“The results speak for themselves.
“Women from all over Auckland come to participate and they report increased fitness, weight loss and a greater sense of happiness,” Mr Ward says.
Procare health promotion manager Nicola
oung says the programme, which has been running since 200 , improves the women’s social networks along with their physical wellbeing.
ther groups involved in the swimming programme include the Auckland Regional Public Health Service, Watersafe Auckland, the Auckland Somali Community Association, Refugees as Survivors New Zealand and the Ministry of Social evelopment.