A Royal Life Saving Society (RLSSWA) program piloted in
South Hedland and Roebourne is helping young girls build water awareness and offering the potential for local jobs.
Talent Pool recently delivered a Bronze Medallion program for high school students from the Girls Academy at Roebourne District High School.
RLSSWA ran the pilot at the Roebourne pool to increase participation in sport and physical activity and give local youth valuable mentoring support.
The program exposed the group to aquatic and other sport and recreational bodies in the region and provided basic qualifications to help them work towards their first employment experience.
RLSWA Senior Manager of Workforce Solutions Travis Doye says Talent Pool is a tailored program designed to meet the ever-changing demands and challenges of both the individual and sport and active recreation groups within the nine diverse regions of Western Australia.
“Program participants, in this case a group of young Aboriginal women, are working towards a qualification which will encourage them to work as junior lifeguards in their region,” he says.
Testament to their increased water confidence, several graduates of the Talent Pool Port Hedland program trained to do the 2018 Lake Argyle Swim alongside RLSSWA board members and general managers.
RLSSWA received $5,000 for Talent Pool in the latest round of the Active Regional Communities (ARC) grant scheme through DLGSC.
“ARC grants increase the opportunities for regional people to participate in sport and active recreation activities in regional Western Australia,” said DLGSC Manager of Regional Services Mitch Hardy.
“Sport and sporting clubs are the heart and lifeblood of many regional areas and locals coming together through sport and being active is a great way to strengthen a community.”
The RLSSWA are actively looking for more program partners such as local government authorities and non-government organisations in regional areas as well as potential sponsors to continue expanding the program.
Talent Pool is a partnership between DLGSC, Royal Life Saving Society WA, Roebourne Active Group, City of Karratha,
Department of Education, Police & Citizens Youth Centre and local community corporations.