Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Oscar Kightley to Learn to Swim

Oscar Kightley
ready to learn to swim.
Oscar Kightley ready to learn to swim.

MEDIA RELEASE
For immediate release
Thursday 15 November 2012

Oscar Kightley to Learn to Swim

Celebrated comedian, actor and writer Oscar Kightley has teamed up with Water Safety New Zealand to learn how to swim this summer, in the hope he will inspire other New Zealanders to do the same.

Mr Kightley, 43, begins swimming lessons this week and will share his experiences through a new blog watersafety.org.nz/oscarkightleyswims.

“I’ve never learnt how to swim even though I’ve spent my whole life around water. And I’ve missed out because of that,” he says.

Mr Kightley, who nearly drowned in his 20s when he was swept out to sea while swimming, is excited about having the ability to be able to swim with his mates but also hopes to motivate others to do the same.

“When I heard from Water Safety New Zealand about our horrific drowning toll, and the number of children that aren’t learning to swim - I wanted to be involved. Too many young New Zealanders are not learning how to swim and survive and too many are drowning.”

Water Safety New Zealand chief executive Matt Claridge says Oscar’s willingness to share his journey from non-swimmer to swimmer, is an exciting opportunity to reach some important audiences.

“Oscar is a great role model to help communicate our water safety messages and inspire other New Zealanders to take up the challenge to learn to swim. Men – and Pacific Island men in particular – are over represented in the drowning statistics. And Oscar’s huge following with youth will support our ongoing efforts to address a national decline in the swim ability of our young people.”

“We’re also really delighted to be able to help change Oscar’s life by introducing new skills that will enable him to achieve his dreams of boating, being able to surf and swimming in the sea safely, Matt Claridge says.”

Water Safety New Zealand is the national organisation responsible for water safety education. Formed in 1949, WSNZ’s objective is to prevent drowning through water safety.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: From Here And There

Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story
by Helene Wong.
This is the fascinating story of Helene Wong, born in 1949 in Taihape to Chinese parents: her mother, born soon after her parents migrated here, and her father, born in China but sent to relatives in Taihape at seven to get an education in English. More>>

Chiku: Hamilton Zoo's Baby Chimpanzee Named

Hamilton Zoo has named its three-month-old baby chimpanzee after a month-long public naming competition through the popular zoo’s website. The name chosen is Chiku, a Swahili name for girls meaning "talker" or "one who chatters". More>>

Game Over: Trans-Tasman Netball League To Discontinue

Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand have confirmed that the existing ANZ Championship format will discontinue after the current 2016 season, with both organisations to form national netball leagues in their respective countries. More>>

NZSO Review: Stephen Hough Is Perfection-Plus

He took risks, and leant into the music when required. But you also felt that every moment of his playing made sense in the wider picture of the piece. Playing alongside him, the NZSO were wonderful as ever, and their guest conductor, Gustavo Gimeno, coaxed from them a slightly darker, edgier sound than I’m used to hearing. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: King Lear At Circa

In order to celebrate it's 40th birthday, it is perhaps fitting that Circa Theatre should pick a production of 'King Lear,' since it's also somewhat fortuitously Shakespeare's 400th anniversary. If some of the more cerebral poetry is lost in Michael Hurst's streamlined, full throttle production, it's more than made up for by plenty of lascivious violence designed to entertain the groundlings. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Tauranga Books Festival

Escape to Tauranga for Queen’s Birthday weekend and an ideas and books-focused festival that includes performance, discussion, story-telling, workshops and an Italian-theme morning tea. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news