Swimming Australia grant to create opportunities for people with blindness or low vision

Press Release | 6 January 2020

Swimming Australia grant

The City of Stonnington was delighted to receive a Move It AUS Community Swimming Grant from the Australian Government and Swimming Australia to partner with Vision Australia to reduce barriers to swimming for people with blindness or low vision.

The $10,000 grant will assist the City of Stonnington to:

  • Facilitate specialist training from Vision Australia for aquatics staff.
  • Hold ‘come and try’ sessions for people with blindness or low vision to swim in a controlled and safe environment.
  • Create a targeted ten week training program to enable people with blindness or low vision to improve their swimming ability.

City of Stonnington Mayor, Cr Steve Stefanopoulos, is excited about the opportunities the grant will create.

“We’ll use this grant to remove barriers to swimming for people with blindness or low vision.

“Through a combination of training for staff and increased participation opportunities, Harold Holt Swim Centre will become a safer and more welcoming environment.

“We know that swimming is a huge part of Australia’s culture and I thank Swimming Australia, the Australian Government and Vision Australia for helping us to create these opportunities

I look forward to the program being rolled out this year,” said Cr Stefanopoulos.

Training for aquatics staff at Harold Holt Swim Centre will start soon, with increased participation opportunities and training programs to follow shortly after.

More information will be available at stonnington.vic.gov.au/haroldholt throughout 2020.

Quotes attributable to Swimming Australia Chief Executive Officer, Mr Leigh Russell

“Firstly, I’d like to thank the Australian Government for giving Swimming Australia the opportunity to provide these grants and strategic partnerships to so many swim schools, swimming bodies and community groups who are doing fantastic work in their local areas.

“The more people who have access to swimming lessons and water safety the better – swimming is such a vital life skill, and I know this funding will go a long way in promoting and facilitating these skills to those most at risk in the community.

A photo opportunity will be possible before the program commences, contact media@stonnington.vic.gov.au for information.