18 March, 2022
New kicks thanks to Aussie Kindies
Aussie Kindies have used their community sponsorship to donate new equipment to the Gilgandra Amateur Swim Club.
“We are so thankful, and so grateful to Aussie
Kindies,” said swim club vice-president Simone Beaton.
Affinity Education, Aussie Kindies parent company,
offer a sponsorship to their centres to seek out any community
groups that might need some financial assistance.
“I just thought, you don’t hear much about Gilgandra
swimming club, so I approached them to see if they
would be interested,” said Aussie Kindies centre manager,
“They kindly accepted, because they were in need of
some new training equipment!”
Gilgandra Amateur Swim Club have been applying
for small grants for new equipment over the past three
years, but have been unsuccessful.
“I even had someone come up to me, who was a
grown adult, and say, ‘I remember using them when I
was in swim club!’ They were all moulding, permeating
through them. It was time for some new ones,” said Ms
The sponsorship meant the club was able to buy new kickboards, flippers, and hand paddles.
“We’ve only had one or two sets of hand paddles
before, they’re a really good training technique so it’s
good to introduce some new equipment,” said Ms
“The kids are so excited, they all fight over the
Ms Beaton and Mrs Sutherland both explained how
this new equipment doesn’t only benefit the swim club.
“It goes to the schools when they use the pool, people
who do swimming lessons, when there’s learn to
swim - the children are able to use them. They are really
of value to any children who use the pool,” said Mrs
“The beauty of this donation is its not only for the
club, all the equipment is going to be used by the whole
community,” echoed Ms Beaton.
The swim club presented Mrs Sutherland with a
plaque last Tuesday night, at what was meant to be a
point score event called off by rain.
“Barring three kids in the photo, they are all expupils
of Aussie Kindies as well,” said Mrs Sutherland.
“It was nice to give back to the community, for children
you had had in the school.”
The swim club were blown away by the generosity of Aussie Kindies, and are already putting the equipment to good use.