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Students learn to swim

Dawn Gibson
Friday, March 01, 2013

ABOUT 40 students with disabilities have been given the opportunity to learn to swim.

The students of Suva Blind School take part in swimming lessons conducted by International School Suva (ISS) students once a week.

The ISS students teach under the watchful eye of their coach Jennifer Liew, who says that children with disabilities should also be taught to swim.

"This is basically a service program which encourages good grounding in swimming. This program has proved to be successful for the past five years and so we decided on this disability program," Mrs Liew said.

She said many people were worried about trying to teach the blind to swim, but this should never be an issue.

"There's always that fear because they're blind, but they are just as capable as anyone else.

"Also, we realise that this is something that many of them cannot afford," Mrs Liew said.

Many of the students from the blind school also have other disabilities, but Mrs Liew is confident that in the long run, this program had so much to offer them.

She also said there were five or six male swimmers from the blind school who she planned on coaching to compete in the National Schools Championships in June.