AIS proud to be Official Sponsor of Australian Swim Schools Association’s Inclusive Swimming Program and Swim Disability Conference.
Australian Innovative Systems (AIS) CEO, Elena Gosse has a unique insight into the challenges people living with a disability face.
Elena’s youngest daughter, Julia was born with Cerebral Palsy and diagnosed at the age of 13 months. Elena was determined that Julia’s disability would not limit her choices in life and now, at 29 years old, Julia is a capable, competent adult who works at AIS helping to manufacture the company’s range of salt, water and mineral water chlorinators. Julia also runs her own part-time business and enjoys spending time with her husband Blake, and one-year-old daughter, Isabella.
During Julia’s teenage years Elena enrolled Julia in a local swimming school to help with her physical therapy and mobility. Julia excelled at swimming and went on to become a competitive disabled swimmer.
“I saw first-hand the incredible improvements that swimming contributed to Julia’s physical and mental wellbeing, Elena said.
“It’s one of the reasons I was so passionate about becoming the official sponsor of the Australian Swim School Association’s (ASSA) Inclusive Swimming Program which advocates for people of all abilities to enjoy swimming as a recreational or sporting activity.
“ASSA’s approach is to put the swimmer first, adapting to the person’s individual needs whether physical or attitudinal. From there a program is tailored to ensure the individual can participate in swimming lessons and activities.
“Another part of the program is to engage with Swim Schools and Aquatic Facilities to promote easier and safer access to public swimming pools for people living with disabilities.”
ASSA will be staging its inaugural International Swim Disability Conference as part of the Splash! Pool & Spa Trade Show on Thursday 18 August from 9am – 5pm at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. A range of speakers will address swim school business owners and swimming teachers about the unique needs of disabled swimmers and the range of equipment available to support them to learn and improve their skills. The cost to attend is $125 + GST and registration is available via www.splashpoolandspatradeshow.com.au