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YMCA-managed Port Lincoln Leisure Centre secures water safety award

YMCA-managed Port Lincoln Leisure Centre secures water safety award
May 15, 2019

YMCA South Australia’s commitment to the principles and promotion of the Watch around Water initiative was rewarded when Port Lincoln Leisure Centre won the Recreation South Australia water safety award last week.

A critical near drowning of a four year-old girl at the centre in May 2018, resulted in heavy publicity and saw YMCA management use this public focus to harness and actively promote the Watch around Water message across the broader South Australian community.

The profile of Watch around Water at the centre was raised via awareness of centre users together with consistent implementation of the principles, thereby raising the safety of young centre users. The effort was also promoted through related YMCA Australia social media channels with the messaging reaching the broader national audience.

The award was accepted by Port Lincoln Leisure Centre Manager Anna Ryan and YMCA South Australia Area Manager Craig Hortin, with Hortin explaining “this award is fitting recognition for the local centre staff whose training and calm professionalism was pivotal to the successful rescue and full recovery of the young girl.

“One of the YMCA’s key aims is to raise the profile of aquatic recreation and encourage children of all ages to enjoy an active, healthy lifestyle in a safe and welcoming environment.”

The boost in profile and importance of Watch around Water together with the follow-up focus was acknowledged by Recreation South Australia Executive Officer Stu Ferenci, who praised the centre for the importance it placed on safety and willingness to promote the Watch around Water message to the greater community.

The estimated local and wider community reach via publicity included Southern Cross TV news – 56,000 viewers, Port Lincoln Times - 19,000 readers, Port Lincoln and Whyalla Leisure Centre Facebook – 4,900 (current 2019) and YMCA Australia Facebook – 8,829.

Other channels that highlighted the Watch around Water messaging included the YMCA South Australia website, YMCA Australia website and the YMCA Australia CEO newsletter.

Staff directly involved with the rescue were acknowledged as YMCA Heroes during the organisation’s annual awards for excellence. The success story and outcome driven promotion of Watch around Water has been promoted across all YMCA South Australia aquatic centres and also published on digital channels through South Australian Council partner platforms.

Main image shows YMCA South Australia Area Manager Craig Hortin and Port Lincoln Leisure Centre Manager Anna Ryan accepting the Watch Around Water award from Recreation South Australia Executive Officer Ferenci (at left) and Denis Kildare from Clubs SA (right) at last week’s presentation evening.

Related Articles

3rd November 2017 - Recreation SA to undertake audit of South Australian aquatic facilities

22nd March 2017 - Further expansion planned for reopened Port Lincoln Leisure Centre

16th January 2017 - YMCA South Australia to manage and operate Port Lincoln Leisure Centre

7th November 2016 - Clubs SA renews major sponsorship of Watch Around Water in South Australia

28th October 2016 - Recreation SA releases Code of Practice for South Australian public pools

11th October 2016 - Port Lincoln Council commits to aquatic and recreation centre expansion

26th November 2015 - Watch Around Water gets South Australian Local Government Association backing

27th August 2013 - Recreation SA Aquatic and Recreation Conference looks to the west

30th July 2013 - Aims to link Watch Around Water program with other anti-drowning initiatives

8th January 2013 - Aquatic facilities benefit from nine seasons of Watch Around Water

11th September 2011 - Watch Around Water gets Federal backing at South Australian launch

29th August 2011 - Lifeguards are not babysitters!: Watch Around Water launches new website

27th May 2011 - South Australia and Victoria back WA’s Watch Around Water Campaign


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