Swim for Life receives international nomination
YMCA Perth has nominated Swim For Life: First Time Jobs for an international award with Beyond Sport. We have entered the category of “Sport for Social Inclusion”.
An independent panel of experts judges entries across a range of disciplines.
Most know the story of this very successful strategy over the last four years, which aims to generate first time employment for Aboriginal young people as qualified lifeguards.
Since the beginning of the SFL program in the 2008-09 summer season we have provided bronze medallion training for over 100 participants, employed 39 qualified Aboriginal lifeguards, three swim instructors, and one qualified manager.
We hope to continue and expand the program across the Pilbara and other centres across Australia.
This is great for Hedland – we don’t just export iron-ore but ideas!
I would invite you all to visit the Beyond Sport website www.beyondsport.org and view the project summary and make positive comments.
The value of this will be to demonstrate our commitment to youth in our community and to sustainable partnerships, which create pathways that assist transition to adult employment and further education.
I would invite you to follow the link, make comment, and put Hedland and the Pilbara on the international stage.