MY Swim to Sport

Encouraging participation of Multicultural Youth in local water-sports

Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania (MRC Tas) is encouraging multicultural youth to get active in the water and build lasting links with local sporting clubs in Hobart through its new program MY (Multicultural Youth) Swim to Sport, as part of its Multicultural Youth Tasmania (MYT) services.

Sally Thompson, MYT Team Leader said swimming is one of Australia’s most popular past times. “Many migrants and refugees have never seen a pool before arriving to Australia. Swimming skills are a fundamental part of Australian life. Water sports cater to people of all ages, gender, culture and abilities and are a fun way for young migrants and refugees to get involved in the local community.”

MY Swim to Sport, funded by the Healthy Tasmania Community Innovations Grants, is partnering with From Zero to Hero Swim Instructor Nadia Azizabadi to support young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds learn to swim and become involved in water sports and local swimming clubs.

Ms Thompson said a key element of the MY Swim to Sport program is offering advice and specialised training to swimming and sporting clubs to build cultural competency.

“Young people will be encouraged to sign up to a sport or club and commit to ongoing physical activity. Beyond the life of this program participants will be able to access support from the ‘From Zero to Hero’ project, and those clubs who have participated in MRC Tas training will have greater capacity to support young people from culturally and linguistically diverse, migrant and refugee backgrounds,” Ms Thompson said.

“If there are any sporting clubs or groups who would like to be involved in this program, they are encouraged to contact Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania.”

From Zero to Hero Swim Instructor Nadia Azizabadi is from a migrant background and learnt to swim after arriving in Australia. Ms Azizabadi said she is passionate about getting people from migrant and refugee backgrounds involved in water sports.

“Australia is surrounded by water and water sport is part of Australian culture and lifestyle. Introducing migrants to water sport is a way of teaching them the culture.”

Posted: 27/03/2018

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