Western Sydney

Busways Supports Swimming NSW Initiative

20 Dec 2013

Busways along with Emerton Leisure Centre were proud to support a Swimming NSW initiative which aimed to create opportunities for local Indigenous children to participate in swimming and water safety lessons with qualified instructors.

Kerrie-Anne Anstis, Indigenous Participation Program Coordinator from Swimming NSW contacted Busways for assistance in providing a means of transport for the students of Doonside Public School Wingarra Aboriginal Preschool. “Many children miss out on learning how to swim and do not have a means for transport, we would like to make sure these wonderful children do not” said Kerrie-Anne.

Busways was happy to supply a free bus for children to take part in a fun 2 week program which was subsidised by Emerton Leisure Centre. Students were taught basic swimming skills, water awareness and survival skills which greatly improved their confidence. Upon completion, students received a ‘swimmer pack’ from Swimming NSW which contained a swimming cap and googles.

The program was a success and students were able to take away a valuable life skill. “My son Cooper really enjoyed the two weeks and was still keen to go swimming again the following Monday. The skills he learnt and the confidence he obtained over the fortnight has increased his knowledge” said Hector Terare (parent).

Doonside Public School was very appreciative of the support. “We all gained so much out of this amazing opportunity.” said a Teacher at the school. "Thank you so much Busways for providing the transport."