Swimmers gain skills

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

It was a fun day for Ti­tahi Bay North students at the pool – but there was a se­ri­ous mes­sage be­hind the splash and dash.

Pig­gy­back­ing on the clam­our around the re­cent Olympic Games, the school de­cided to start a swim­ming pro­gramme for term 3 at Can­nons Creek Pool.

An Olympics day was held on Au­gust 22. Though it was great to cel­e­brate suc­cess in the wa­ter, gold medals were not the the prin­ci­pal aim, teacher Tim Brewer said.

With the swim­ming com­pe­tency rates of Maori and Pa­cific Is­land young peo­ple lag­ging well be­hind Euro­pean chil­dren, get­ting students into the wa­ter when they can is im­por­tant, he said.

‘‘It is a real con­cern for us. Kids need to be con­fi­dent around wa­ter and have these im­por­tant skills. It’s amaz­ing to have this op­por­tu­nity and we’re very grate­ful to those groups that have made it hap­pen.’’.

The swim­ming pro­gramme has been funded by Kiwi Sport and the NZ Community Trust.

Swim­ming for gold: Joyce Tuariki proved adept at push­ing the ball across the pool with her nose at Ti­tahi Bay North School’s Olympics’ day.

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