Vision Impaired Swim Program
Vision impaired residents of Wyndham in Victoria are getting the chance to get back into the water as part of special swimming lessons at Wyndham Leisure and Events Centre. An initiative of the Centre in conjunction with Blind Sports Victoria the programs run for six weeks.
Participant William Koh, who suffers from Glaucoma, went swimming for the first time in 18 years when he commenced his lessons recently. He described the experience as “heavenly”. “It was absolutely beautiful to get a chance to get back into the water after I thought my chance to swim was over”.
Participants in the Belgravia Leisure program are assisted in the water at all times by trained swimming instructors. The program is aimed at improving swimming technique in a friendly and welcoming environment. William enjoys his lessons with Swim instructor Kiyo Drieberg whilst his guide dog Smartie, presides over the proceedings poolside keeping a close eye on her charge.
Belgravia Leisure is proud to support the Access for All Abilities Program which is a Victorian Government initiative coordinated by Sport and Recreation Victoria. This program is the only sport and recreation program of its type in Australia. For over ten years the program has supported and developed inclusive sport and recreation opportunities for people with a disability throughout Victoria.
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