City of Stirling installs pool hoist at Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre after disability funding

Paralympian Elizabeth Edmondson with lifeguard Mihal Kakulas.
Paralympian Elizabeth Edmondson with lifeguard Mihal Kakulas.

PARALYMPIAN Elizabeth Edmondson was one of the first people to trial a new pool hoist installed at the City of Stirling’s Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre last month.

The swimming great, renowned for winning three gold medals and a silver medal at the Tokyo Summer Paralympics in 1964, took a swim at the centre using the hoist – which enables swimmers to lower themselves into the centre’s 25-metre indoor lap pool and the 50-metre outdoor pool.

Mayor Giovanni Italiano said the city had been successful in securing a $21,770 Community Infrastructure Grant in 2015 to fund the new addition to the centre.

A total of 23 grants were provided by the Disability Services Commission in partnership with the WA Local Government Association to fund infrastructure projects that improve community access and inclusion for people with disability.

Cr Italiano said he hoped the new hoist would prompt more people with disabilities to visit the centre and boost their fitness.

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