Little Nippers Swim School Graduates Queanbeyan’s Newest Sporting Stars

11 May 2015

Manager of the Queanbeyan Aquatic Centre Sara Wightman is exceptionally proud of her latest graduates, a group of women from different cultural backgrounds who have just learnt to swim at the centre.

These women may not end up in Queanbeyan’s sporting hall of fame but every one of them is a hero in their own right, not only trying to start new lives in Queanbeyan with their families, but also taking steps to ensure they are safe in the water, both for themselves and for their families,” Miss Wightman said.

Learning to swim as an adult is much more difficult than learning to swim as a child and I’m really proud of every adult in Queanbeyan who literally takes the plunge.”

Ms Wightman said the multicultural group had been formed after a need had been identified through feedback from members of the community who attended the adult learn-to-swim classes.

With assistance from the Little Nippers Swim School, we formed the concept and then with the assistance of the Queanbeyan Multilingual Centre helped find interested would-be-swimmers. We’ve also had help from Queanbeyan City Council Community Services and Tafe NSW.

The program started 3 years ago in 2012 and we have seen women from Chinese, Indonesian, Arabic, Asian and Indian backgrounds. Numbers have grown and many of the ladies have continued each term starting at the beginner level and working towards the intermediate and advanced levels,” she said.

Mayor Tim Overall congratulated everyone involved in the program and said the program was now looking to expand to include men’s groups and expansion of the women’s program to include instructor qualifications. He said funding for the program had come from the Royal Life Saving Society and NSW Sport and Recreation.

This is an excellent program and I’m so thrilled the newest members of our community are able to not only keep themselves safe in the water, but enjoy the relaxation and sense of well-being that comes from swimming,” Mayor Overall said.