Swim teacher named National Teacher of Aquatics for water safety program


By Alice Richard
Wednesday, 26 July, 2017


A swimming and water safety teacher has received national recognition for her inclusive and accessible swimming program. Jill Heffernan of Kilsyth Centenary Pool, in Melbourne’s outer east, was presented with the 2016 National Teacher of Aquatics — Access and Inclusion Award by AUSTSWIM.

She won the Victorian award in June 2016 and represented Victoria at the national awards in July 2017, winning the national Access and Inclusion award.

The pool’s swimming and water safety program focuses on creating an accessible learning environment for children who experience learning difficulties or live with a disability.

“In the program, children with intellectual disability or who are on the autism spectrum can either be in a one-on-one class or in a class with reduced student numbers,” said James Rossiter, Kilsyth Centenary Pool centre manager.

“We know that having a child with a disability can come with added family expenses, so we have also reduced the price of our one-on-one classes for our access and inclusion kids to make our program more accessible.

“The team here at Kilsyth and at Belgravia Leisure congratulate Jill on her award and are glad that her fantastic work is being recognised.”

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