‘Aliens’ should realise our island nation needs pools

DROWNING is a serious issue, particularly child deaths, but I had trouble containing myself last week when I heard of the push to ban backyard swimming pools.

From what planet is anyone who supports that idea?

Sure, every pool needs to be compliant - and folk punished if they aren't - but what a rubbish idea.

I read in yesterday's Daily where gun swim coach John Wallace was pointing out the ridiculousness of the idea and, of course, talked up the benefits of "drown proofing" kids at a very young age.

We are an island nation and everyone should be taught how to swim, hence the benefit of swimming clubs, lifesaving organisations etc.

After spending time managing at the Alex surf club, I really wish that as a kid I had been in nippers. It is a great grounding for surf awareness and safety.

I guess I was lucky, though. Coming off a farm in Eudlo, we moved beside the Blue Pacific Pool in Nambour, as neighbours to the Sherwells, so peer pressure got me into the pool.

Just on drown proofing, I see old mate Stinky Miller at the Kawana pool has got a great thing going there with classes for babies as young as three months, getting them into the pool with their mum or dad.

It's going gangbusters. I know because I went along the other day to watch my grandchild (love writing that) get his first lesson, with his inherited bottom lip (from father and grandfather) popping out only occasionally.

The rest of the time, he loved it, as did I.

I SEE a couple of local lads going extremely well in their given sports, James Bazley in cricket and Ben Wedmaier in golf.

Scorchers all-rounder Bazley has made the Australian side for the under-19 World Cup, and Headland trainee pro Wedmaier has broken Adam Scott's course record at Sanctuary Cove and is in blistering form.

These two young blokes are great products of the Coast and I have found a thread that links them together - a little tenuous, but a link. Their dads both played rugby league for Maroochydore in the late 1970s and '80s.

James's dad, Jordan, was a talented inside back, and Ben's dad, Ken, was a pretty handy hooker. In fact, in those rough and tumble days when hookers actually stuck their heads in the scrums, he must have been pretty handy as he kept his good looks.

As for Jordan, he was and is one of those guys who can play anything - golf, cricket, whatever - but maybe James has a bit of his mum Lorraine's talent, which was dancing.

They reckon he has pretty good footwork.

I WATCHED the Nutri-Grain Series opener last week, broadcast at the odd time of 10.30am on Sunday.

One of the highlights was Rhys Drury commentator extraordinaire. Apparently he gathered the family and friends around at the ranch to watch his debut and was that pleased, there is now talk of his own show.

Nine just has to dust off the old Jamie Drury promo stuff and change the Christian name.

DON'T forget next Friday, January 31, is the date for the Compass Institute Gala Charity Race Night.

It should be a wonderful night and it's for a fantastic cause.

There is one feature race still available for sponsorship, as well as tables of 10 and also single tickets. Call DJ on 0405 188 133.

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