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Children aspiring to be lifesavers

SLS at Hamilton PS

Photo: Hamilton Public School students learning life saving skills with their Sporting Schools Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) programme. Credit: Felicity Webb

Students at Hamilton Public School near Newcastle, NSW have been so inspired by their Sporting Schools Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) programme, they’re planning to save lives on weekends.

The programme was so well received the school is keen to take on another programme in the near future.

Kellie Smith, a teacher at Hamilton Primary School said the programme catered very well for their students.

“The kids were active and absolutely loved it,” Kellie said.

SLSA’s Sophie Tindle says the sport contributes strongly to the social cohesiveness of our community and provides a safe and healthy sport and social environment.

“Our Sporting Schools programme provides a wide variety of disciplines and events, all of which have been designed to keep surf lifesavers fit and active and to replicate what may be required in a rescue situation,” Sophie Tindle said.

“Water is one of Australia's favourite playgrounds. Not only can SLSA provide sporting opportunities that support fundamental movement skills and a sporting pathway through the SLSA club system, our programmes have an added value of increasing safety competence in and around water,” she said.

“The kids were active and absolutely loved it”

“One of our students was going through a tremendously difficult time personally and wouldn’t go near the water when we first started,” Kellie said.

“He even turned up in a tracksuit to make his intentions clear: he was not going in the water,” she said.

“By the end of the first day not only was he totally wet but he was wearing a totally broad smile and his Nan was thrilled,” Kellie said.


Sporting Schools is a $100 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. Want to run a Surf Life Saving programme at your school? Check out all the details on the Surf Life Saving Australia page.

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