Swim­ming scheme wins award

Central Leader - - News -

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.

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