Photograph 8113847
Young new arrivals are being taught to swim within weeks of arriving at Wacol Immigration Centre near Brisbane. This has been made possible by the opening of a new community Olympic swimming pool at nearby Inala. The children are given swimming instruction, often by sign language because of language problems, by teachers from the Queensland Education Department. Within a few weeks , 17 of the first batch of swimmers from Wacol had qualified for swimming certificates issued by the Education Department. Within a few weeks, 17 of the first batch of swimmers from Wacol had qualified for swimming certificates issued by the Education Department. Left: Paul Lepallaar, 14, from Laden; Matilda Meertens, 13, from Harlem; and Makku Veijalainen, 13, from Finland TITLE:

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EllenaG

 The swimming pool where these children learnt to swim was at the Inala Sports Centre. My parents ran the business there from 1962 until some time in the 1980s. The swimming pool business was often sub-leased to someone who both coached swimming and ran the public pool. I lived there in the 60s & 70s and at one stage helped teach the learn to swim classes on Saturday mornings, as well as being part of the Inala swimming squad.

Sadly, the pool was demolished and filled in some time in the 1990s.

Sat, 16/02/2013 - 13:46

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