Club takes safety seriously
Tawa Squash Club members will soon be masters in administering first-aid thanks to a stance on safety taken by club manager Peter Bowers.
In February, when a club member went into cardiac arrest in the dressing sheds, he was given CPR by three fellow members who kept him alive until the ambulance arrived.
The man had had a triple bypass, and was easing himself back on court six weeks later.
‘‘He was gone – out for the count. They did brilliantly. They saved his life,’’ Bowers said.
The incident prompted him to consider the importance of knowing first-aid.
The club successfully applied for funding for a defibrillator through the Hutt Mana Charitable Trust. It is now a permanent fixture on the wall adjacent from the courts.
Its use will be incorporated into first-aid courses at the club, on May 2, 9am until 5pm, on May 3, 7pm until 9.30pm. Bowers said it was important people felt confident using a defibrillator.
‘‘Even though the defibrillators talk you through how to use them, there’s probably still a bit of fear there.’’
The sessions are open to the public and are subsidised by the trust funding, the squash club and Vibrant Tawa.
The club plans to continue its focus on safety, with sensor lights and CCTV in its carpark planned.
Tawa Squash Club manager Peter Bowers with the club’s defibrillator.