Swimmers gain skills
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.