Eastern Courier : January 2nd 2013
www.easterncourier.co.nz 8 EASTERN COURIER, JANUARY 2, 2013 NEWS Unit N1, 150 Harris Road, East Tamaki Package includes: • 23 carat gold leaf lettering • 4 Pieces of airbrushed artwork • 1 Ceramic photo 8 x 10cm • Installation OR shipping • GST included LAYBY available HEADSTONE SHOWROOM NOW OPEN Sanctuary Memorials offer a unique range of headstone designs crafted from the finest quality granite. CONTACT us on 0800 600 001 www.sanctuarymemorials.co.nz Sanctuary Memorials At $9.50 per kg, picking your own blueberries is a fun summer acピvity for the family. Our cafe serves light refreshments and snacks, baked goods, and real fruit ice cream or frozen yogurt. Open 7 days 8am - 7pm Eｦpos Available PICK YOUR OWN BLUEBERRIES NOW OPEN IN 2 LOCATIONS 397 Jary Road, Ohaupo 229 Central Road South, Ngatea Visit www.blueberry.co.nz or phone 07 823 6923 for information or directions. 5053140AA Swimgym teaching skills for life By SARAH ARGYLE Splash splash: Fiona Giggs helps a child prepare to dive into the water safely. Photos: SARAH ARGYLE All set: Chantelle Beale, 3, waits for her swimming lesson with mum Abbey. Swimming is a vital tool in helping people to stay afloat and alive in the water but many New Zealanders live without these skills. Swimgym attempts to teach children from a young age how import- ant swimming is for their safety. It caters for all levels of swimming ability, from learn-to-swim to training national repre- sentatives. Swimgym is the busi- ness arm of the Howick Pakuranga Swim Club and profits go back into swimming. At the beginning of 2012 there was only one Swimgym programme, at Lloyd Elsmore Park. Now there are four centres in Auckland including Howick, Papatoetoe and Otara. The pool at Lloyd Elsmore alone has more than 70 coaches who deliver more than 7500 lessons a week. Director of coaching Horst Miehe says despite the large number of people, office staff aim to know everyone by name. We want to be more of a community and less of a business. There's a family feel here,'' he says. Mr Miehe wants to inspire youngsters to stay in some aquatic activity for as long as possible. The things our ath- letes learn are things they'll take through life forever, and the friend- ships they make are lifelong. Although being able to swim is not a safety guarantee it is one of the tools in your kit to make you safer. It's such a great sport to be involved in too,'' he says. Children have the opportunity to begin swimming at Swimgym as early as 6 months old. This is a special pro- gramme designed to develop children's water confidence and swim- ming ability. By the time they are 7 or 8 years Mr Miehe says they'll be swimming reasonably well''. We try to encourage them at that age to get into a swim club,'' he says. Abbey Beale feels Swimgym is really important for her daugh- ter Chantelle, 3, because it also teaches confi- dence. It's really important to learn that from a young age,'' she says. Email swimgym@ ihug.co.nz, ph 537 0025 or visit swimgym.org.nz.
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