September 16, 2011

Swim schools supports special needs

Water safety will now be the domain for everyone in the local community, thanks to a new partnership between Alcoa Kwinana Refinery and the Kwinana Recquatic Centre.

As well as swimming lessons already provided by the Alcoa Swim Schools, this additional funding will be used to broaden the program to include water safety and fitness classes for disabled and special needs children and adults.
 
Acting Kwinana Refinery Manager, Scott Thompson, said the partnership was an important extension to the Alcoa Swim Schools and that it met three crucial aspects of Alcoa’s community health and safety culture:

  • Increasing participation in healthy lifestyle behaviours
  • Decreasing the risk of injury at home, at work and at play
  • Improving the availability and accessibility of community services for people with special needs
 
“We should all feel safe around the water,” he said. “Especially for a community that is so closely linked to the coast and arguably some of this State’s cleanest and well managed beaches.”
 
Town of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams praised the new and improved Alcoa Swim School program.

“It is wonderful to see support being provided to initiatives which promote a healthier and safer Kwinana community,” Mayor Adams said.
“Our residents should be able to confidently enjoy the amazing beaches present within our Town so I encourage families who might be lacking that confidence to get involved in the Alcoa Swim School Program.”

Media contact:
Rod Mapstone – 0404 800 403 rod.mapstone@alcoa.com.au