NSC swimming camp under way
July 18, 2004
THE Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports’ second annual summer swimming camp is up and running at the Colgrain Swimming Pool, Camp Street.
The programme, which will enter its second and final week tomorrow, has some 60 participants from across Guyana.
Stephanie Fraser, national coach, is heading the summer camp with assistance from volunteer coaches and senior swimmers from the various swim clubs in Georgetown.
She said that on the first day last Monday some 102 children turned up which forced her to hold a second programme that is scheduled to start in August.
Fraser explained what would be taught at the camp.
“We try to get children who normally would not have access to programmes like these, especially kids from Albouystown and from the country area. We have children from as far as Melanie Damishana, some from the East Bank and two from the West Bank of Demerara.
The programme entails basic ‘learn to swim’ and the bigger ones will be learning basic ‘water safety’ - that is assisting persons in trouble in the deep, they’ll be learning basic first aid and we’re hoping to have someone come to talk to the teenagers on HIV/AIDS.”
It began last year and was conducted by her son Nicholas Fraser, who is studying at the Cuban University.
The Sport Ministry has been allowing free access to the pool in the morning period as part of its contribution to the camp, which targets children from 7 to 17 years with one 19-year-old in the lot.
The Guyana Red Cross Society will be conducting the first aid sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays at the pool.