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A program that aims to generate first-time employment for young Indigenous people has been nominated for an international award.
YMCA Perth has nominated Swim for life: first time jobs for a Beyond Sport award in the Sport for social inclusion category, which will be judged by an expert panel of judges from across a range of disciplines.
Since the program began in the 2008-09 summer season, it has provided bronze medallion training for over 100 participants and employed 39 qualified Aboriginal lifeguards, three swim instructors and one qualified manager.
The program organisers hope to continue and expand Swim for life across the Pilbara and other parts of Australia.
Source: The Pilbara echo