Funding boost to prevent multicultural swimmers from drowning in SA waters

30.11.2019
Better Services

Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) swimmers will benefit from a Marshall Government grant to ensure they continue to receive vital water safety training and are taught about the dangers at our beaches and rivers.

Premier Steven Marshall and Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing Corey Wingard have provided a funding boost for AUSTSWIM to ensure the continued delivery of educational workshops and teacher training for CALD members of our community.

“The grant of close to $20,000 will strengthen AUSTSWIM’s capacity to protect these vulnerable members of our community,” Minister Wingard said.

“At least nine overseas-born swimmers have lost their lives in South Australian waterways since 2014. That’s far too many.”

“Unfortunately participation rates in swimming programs are much lower among CALD communities and I applaud AUSTSWIM’s determination to change this.”

“As we head into the hot summer months, when many of us spend time at the beach, it’s so important that all members of our community are armed with the knowledge and tools they need to enjoy the water in the safest way possible.”

Sarah Fogarty from AUSTSWIM South Australia thanked the Marshall Government for its continued support.

“Drowning statistics from our CALD communities are significantly higher than that of the general population and AUSTSWIM SA wish to target these specific communities in order to spread the very important message of water safety to prevent further drownings,” Ms Fogarty said.

“Training members and leaders from our CALD communities to become Teachers of Swimming and Water Safety, empowers them to spread the water safety message within their communities.

“This very generous funding allows AUSTSWIM SA to offer highly subsidised enrolments for those in our CALD communities across South Australia to train up as teachers, and accordingly making it accessible to as many as possible.”

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