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‘Let’s Swim’ Programme Launched

The Pacific Sports Partnership ‘Lets Swim’ Programme was launched at the Olympic Pool yesterday. The programme was launched by Fiji Swimming in partnership with Australian Aid who donated $40,000, Swim
07 Apr 2017 10:50
‘Let’s Swim’ Programme Launched
Students from various primary schools in suva during the launch of the pacific sports partnership 'Let's Swim ' programme at the olympic pool on April 7, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

The Pacific Sports Partnership ‘Lets Swim’ Programme was launched at the Olympic Pool yesterday.

The programme was launched by Fiji Swimming in partnership with Australian Aid who donated $40,000, Swim Australia, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Youth and Sports.

The programme will educate children on the basics of swimming and water safety.

Programme coordinator Trisa Cheer said the programme came about due to the rise in number of drownings in the country.

“It came about with our statistics on drowning and how the drowning rates have increased,” Cheer said.

“The Oceania Swimming Association implanted this programme in Tonga and Vanuatu and now Fiji.

“Our target was Year One, two and three from Primary School and they came over had discussions with Fiji Swimming about running the project and here we are.

“We will be teaching children the basics of swimming, safe entering into water and out of water, what to look out for and a bit of water safety in terms of what to do and what not to do when you are around or in water,” Cheer said.

“This is a pilot project so it finishes off in June but in Suva alone we have had seven schools as pilot schools.

“Next week we will be doing assessments on what they have learnt so far to see if the project is successful or not. Then we go down to the west.”

The schools who participated in the programme yesterday wereChauhanMemorial School, Lami Marist Convent, Gospel Primary School, Nehru Memorial Primary School, Annesley Infant School, John Wesley andMahatma Gandhi Memorial.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Youth and Sports Permanent Secretary Alison Burchell said it was about time to have the programme especially with the recent drowning of the three kids in Labasa when they were thrown into the river by their father.

“We are delighted to see it finally happening, probably around May last year I was told of the honourable prime minister’s desire to have every Fijian know how to swimbecause of the large levels of drowning’s that have been unfortunately happening,” Burchell said.

“We have funding for six months which will finish in June and we are very hopeful that the Pacific Sport Partnership funded by the Australian Government will continue so that we can have over the next four years a real consolidated programme for every school in Fiji.”

Edited by Anasilini Ratuva

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