New change facilities for swimmers with a disability at Ku-ring-gai Fitness & Aquatic Centre

Published on 8 June 2018

Ku-ring-gai Council, the YMCA and Uniting Ability Links have joined forces to provide custom-built change facilities at the Ku-ring-gai Fitness & Aquatic Centre in West Pymble.

The shower trolley gives swimmers in a wheelchair the ability to change clothes following a swim with the assistance of a carer.

The $7000 trolley was purchased using money raised from the 2017 YMCA Swimathon, which saw the local community generously support a range of fundraising activities at the Ku-ring-gai Fitness & Aquatic Centre, including a dive-in movie night and the Australian-record breaking largest indoor aqua-aerobics class.
An overhead tracking hoist donated by Ability Links NSW was installed by the Council and can be used to transfer patrons to and from their wheelchairs and into the new shower trolley.  The hoist can be moved to different locations to suit varying needs. 
Mayor Jennifer Anderson said the new equipment reflected the Council’s ongoing commitment to providing greater opportunities and access to people with disability, backed by Centre managers YMCA NSW and Ability Links.
“We are pleased that YMCA NSW prides itself on being inclusive and providing opportunities for people with disability to be able to swim and enjoy the water safely, something that they all too regularly miss out on due to a lack of access to specialist lessons, equipment, teachers and accessible pools.
More than 40 participants take part in SwimAbility classes at the centre – a swim and water safety program for people with disability. YMCA NSW also provides free entry to the Ku-ring-gai Fitness & Aquatic Centre for a carer when accompanying a person with a disability who holds a companion card.
YMCA Centre Manager Emma Gibb said “One of our goals with the 2017 Swimathon was to raise enough money to buy equipment such as the new trolley to make it much easier for people to access the facilities and for their carers, too. And thanks to the wonderful support of this generous community, we are now able to do this.”
For more information about Ku-ring-gai Fitness and Aquatic Centre and its programs including SwimAbility, please visit Ku-ring-gai Fitness and Aquatic Centre.

 

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Media enquiries: Sally Williams, Ku-ring-gai Council Ph: 9424 0982 or sawilliams@kmc.nsw.gov.au

Louise O’ Donnell YMCA NSW Ph: 0438 121 684 or louise.odonnell@ymcansw.org.au