Yarrabah residents are encouraged to get their feet wet with Australian and Olympic swimming icon Laurie Lawrence and teach their children about pool safety.[singlepic id=92 w=320 h=240 float=]

State Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt MP said the free State Government Deadly Sports swimming and water safety program promotes the benefits of sport and recreation in Indigenous communities through coaching clinics with high-profile sporting ambassadors.

“Today’s Deadly Sports program at the Yarrabah pool will feature champion swim coach Laurie Lawrence teaching local parents all about pool safety and keeping their children and babies safe in the water,” Mr Pitt said.

“Laurie is not only committed to swimming, but has been dedicating his life to teaching parents and kids about pool safety, talking with the community about pool maintenance, and training teachers and residents in coaching.

“Queenslanders love the water and swimming. It’s an integral part of our lifestyle and that’s why it’s extremely important to teach our children how to swim and be water safe.[singlepic id=119 w=320 h=240 float=]

“The Deadly Sports program will provide families with a great opportunity to tap into Laurie’s wealth of swimming and coaching expertise.”

Sport Minister Phil Reeves said sport and recreational activities are a key part of a healthy and active lifestyle.

“That’s why the Bligh Government is committed to developing more sport and recreation opportunities for Indigenous Queenslanders,” he said.

For further information, visit www.sportrec.qld.gov.au