Olympic Champion encourages kids to dive into SwimStart this summer

Olympic gold medallist Brooke Hanson is encouraging families to take advantage of the new SwimStart program, that provides access to learn to swim classes for Queensland kids.

SwimStart will provide greater access to swimming lessons for children aged 0 to 4 in a bid to improve water safety.

Eligible families will be able to apply for vouchers valued up to $150 from 7 November.

This initiative breaks down the financial barrier of participating in sport, allowing Queensland kids to enjoy more active lifestyles.

Students in primary schools will continue to receive swimming lessons as part of the Water Safety and Swimming Education program.

Learn to Swim Activity Providers and Referral Agents can dive in now to register and be involved in the SwimStart program.

SwimStart is based on the Palaszczuk Government’s signature FairPlay program which helps eligible low-income families with the cost of sport and recreation participation fees.

FairPlay provides vouchers valued up to $150 to put towards sport and active recreation membership, registration or participation fees for eligible activities.

Since FairPlay began in 2019, more than 177,000 vouchers have been redeemed – meaning more than $26 million has helped families reduce the cost of involvement in sport for eligible children aged 5 – 17 years.

“I’m thrilled to be involved with the SwimStart program, because knowing how to swim is such a valuable skill, especially here in Queensland, said Olympic Gold Medallist Brooke Hanson

“Making lessons more accessible for families who may be doing it tough, is a fantastic initiative.

“I would encourage anyone who is eligible to dive in and get their kids learning how to swim as young as possible.”

Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said “With summer on our doorstep and holidays being planned now is the perfect time for young Queenslanders to be learning the basics of water safety.

“We don’t want family finances to be a barrier to preschool-aged Queenslanders learning about water safety and developing the skills they’ll carry with them for life.

“It’s terrific to have Brooke Hanson, a true Queensland Olympic swimming champion and mum of three, on board to spread the message.

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