Free gift for young swimmers

Berrigan War Memorial Swimming Pool users enjoying time at the pool with their new goggles.

Sparkling new goggles are proving to be the swimming accessory of choice for children who have been enjoying a dip at the Berrigan War Memorial Swimming Pool this summer.

The Berrigan War Memorial Pool Committee has used grant funds received through Murray Irrigation’s annual Community Sponsorship Program to purchase more than four dozen pairs of children’s swimming goggles and hand them out to regular young pool users over the summer school holidays.

Pool Committee secretary Cristina von Brockhusen said the aim of the committee’s initiative is to encourage local children into the pool and assist them to learn critical water safety skills.

“Swimming and being water confident are very important skills to learn, and goggles help the kids achieve that,” Ms von Brockhusen said.

“They love coming to the pool to cool down, swim, play with their friends, and to get better with their swimming.”

She said the committee thanks Murray Irrigation for its sponsorship and pool committee member Gary Lehre for helping to make the program come together.

Murray Irrigation has sponsored local children to participate in swimming and water safety lessons for 20 years through its annual Learn to Swim Program.

CEO Ron McCalman said living in an area where rivers, dams and irrigation channels are part of our everyday lives, water safety is a necessary skill for all children.

“Murray Irrigation is delighted to support local worthy causes such as this through our annual grants program, which is made possible thanks to the support of its shareholders.” Mr McCalman said.

Applications for Murray Irrigation’s 2024 Community Sponsorship Program will open in April.