South West Police and schools had a fantastic week of activity with the Australian swim team and their head coach Richard Scarce visiting the Queensland Outback.
Cameron McEvoy, Jenna Strauch, Elijah Winnington, Brayden McCarthy and Amy Forrester traveled out to Charleville to support drug education and awareness through swimming workshops, as part of Project WASTID take the challenge.
The project has been running for 12 months, educating the community and challenging people to get involved with great, productive and healthy activities, eliminating the desire for drugs.
The team and myself visited the schools in Charleville including School of Distance Education to provide an insight into the stringent checks surrounding drugs and sport, valuable drug education and awareness, making healthy life choices and getting involved in sport in general.
The team went on to conduct swim coaching clinics with all members of the community, followed by a BBQ meet and greet. Over 100 children turned out for the coaching clinic at the Charleville pool. Some even managed a ‘race’ against the swim team! Great fun was had by all whilst importantly providing an important message.
From Charleville, the swim team went onto Tambo to conduct more talks and swim coaching clinics. The swim team were greeted by the Tambo Torpedoes and the Blackall Barracudas who travelled down to Tambo for the event. Over 70 children turned up at the Tambo pool to catch a glimpse of the swim team to watch their own gruelling training! The students were then invited into the pool to train with the team and participate in the coaching clinic. Again, another race with the swim team against the Torpedoes and the Barracudas.
Not stopping there, the team continued onto Longreach for a repeat of swim coaching clinics, their own training schedule, community BBQ’S, meet and greet and photo opportunities.
A fantastic week was had, travelling the outback spreading the Project WASTID drug education message to all members of the community.
South West Police would like to extend a sincere thanks to all the swim team for supporting the project and for taking the time out to visit the great outback!