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

 

NZ on Air: More Funding For TV Captions To Increase Access

More funding for TV captions to increase access NZ On Air has increased funding to provide more captions and audio description on television programmes for the hearing and sight impaired. More>>

Music: So Laid Back Country China Album Release

On Friday night, So Laid Back Country China held a gig at Meow for the release of their new album With Knees of Honey in Goodbye Canyon. I briefly spoke with Harriet lead vocals, keyboard) and Michael (lead vocals, guitar) before the gig More>>

Art: Wellington Region Celebrates Matariki

Eight Wellington museums and galleries have joined forces to present a major programme of exhibitions and events to celebrate Matariki 2015, the Māori New Year. The Wellington Matariki Festival will host more than 60 free events and activities between Saturday ... More>>

Wellington: TEDxWellingtonWomen Speakers Unveiled

The lineup is announced today for the highly anticipated upcoming event TEDxWellingtonWomen. Speakers include local women and men who have lived extraordinary lives and have ideas worth spreading. More>>

Culture: RNZB Showcases NZ Artists With Two World Premieres

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s mixed bill Salute - Remembering WW1 which opens on 22 May will showcase the talents of New Zealand artists working at the top of their field. More>>


Books: Witi Ihimaera To Address ‘State Of NZ Literature’at Festival

6 May 2015 MEDIA RELEASE Witi Ihimaera to Address ‘State of NZ Literature’ at Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival The New Zealand Book Council has chosen the 2015 Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival as the stage for its annual address, which ... More>>

Culture: Historic Māori Portraits Travel To The Czech Republic

Image credit: Gottfried Lindauer, Wahanui Reihana Te Huatare, oil on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915 More>>

Art: Something Felt, Something Shared - Enjoy

Gabrielle Amodeo, Ruby Joy Eade, Clare McLean, Kalya Ward Curated by Emma Ng May 7 – 30, 2015 Opening: Wednesday May 6, 5.30pm Strange frequencies are channelled through personal narratives and poetic placeholders in Something felt, something ... More>>

Culture: Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015

Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015 Images from New Zealand Defence Force Click for big version A bugler plays The Last Post Click for big version A View from the top of the Carillion Click for big version Faces old and young Click for big ... More>>

Television: MediaWorks Announces Dancing With The Stars Hosts

MediaWorks and BBC Worldwide ANZ are delighted to announce host Dominic Bowden alongside co-host Sharyn Casey for the hit series Dancing with the Stars. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news