August 10, 2011

Northern Performers Get Soaked

Kamloops, B.C. - The City of Kamloops is excited to provide a group of aboriginal performers a unique opportunity to experience the Canada Games Aquatic Centre and to learn some basic water survival skills.

The performers, aged 15 to 30, are from Ulukhaktok, a small hamlet on the west coast of Victoria Island, in the Inuvik Region of the Northwest Territories, with a population of only 398. They will be visiting Kamloops while performing for the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games and, for many of them, will be getting the chance to swim in a full-feature aquatic centre for the first time in their lives.

In addition to enjoying exclusive access to the Canada Games Aquatic Centre's water slide and leisure pool, the City has offered them the opportunity to take the Swim to Survive Challenge and to learn some basic water safety skills to take back home so that they are better equipped to survive an unexpected fall into water.

The City's instructors are well-versed in the Swim to Survive program, which is a program that has been delivered to over 900 third grade students from SD #73 during the 2010 - 2011 school year, thanks to the Lifesaving Society's Swim to Survive School Program Grant of $10,000.

The Ulukhaktok Drum Dancers will arrive in Kamloops on August 10th. Starting at 1:00pm on August 11th, during a break in the first day of swim competition, the group will partake in a group safety talk and tour, followed by the Swim to Survive Challenge, and ending with a supervised swim in the leisure pool, water slide and hot tub. Their performance for the Games will take place from 4:00-7:00 pm on August 12th on the Community Stage at the Festival Grounds at Riverside Park.

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Media Contact:
Glen Cheetham, Aquatics Program Supervisor
City of Kamloops