Two Unley Swimming Center State Awards, Safe and Free

At the annual Parks and Leisure Australia and Recreation South Australia 2015 Sate Conference awards ceremony, The Unley Swimming Centre was announced as the winner of two separate awards.

Recreation South Australia- Channel 9 2015 Watch Around Water Community Innovation Award

The 2015 Watch Around Water – Nine Adelaide Community Innovation Award is coordinated by Recreation SA to recognise and reward outstanding registered Watch Around Water Centre’s who promote the Watch Around Water safety messages, beyond the marketing tools that are provided by Recreation SA and recognise creativity and innovation and active contribution to Watch Around Water’s water safety message.

Unley Swimming Center Manager Nathan Byles said,

“As a team we are particularly proud of this award as we are the inaugural winner, our Centre first introduced Watch Around Water and its principles to the South Australia in 2006.”

Please view the video showing the announcement from Channel 9 identity Brenton Ragless.

Unley Swimming Center staff have put in a huge effort over a couple of years with respect to Watch Around the water so this award is great recognition for their creative efforts and good management techniques.

The second award:

Recreation South Australia- CASA  2015 Leisure Community Fitness and Recreation Initiative Award

The 2015 CASA Leisure South Australian Community Fitness and Recreation Initiative Award is coordinated by Recreation SA to recognise and reward organisations or individuals developing positive community fitness and/or recreation initiatives. This initiative will be an ongoing or repeatable (i.e. daily, weekly, monthly, annual) program that meets a community need, demonstrates inclusivity, community involvement, usability and accessibility.

This award had a curious origin. Some years ago the launch of the Every Generation Festival was held at the Lions Art Center. Former Councillor of Tea Tree Gully Joy Ricci started speaking with me about an initiative at Tea Tree Gully Swimming center which enabled older residents to enter for free. I asked if I could raise this issue within Unley and in her uniquely happy way she encouraged me in that direction. I spoke with Cr. Peter Hughes who then took it on and championed the idea which was wholeheartedly supported by all Councillors and staff.

So well done to all involved!

Watch Around Water

Categories: Community in Unley, The City of Unley Council

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