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Award nominations open NOMINATIONS for the Delys Sargeant AgeFriendly Awards aim to recognise an initiative, club, business, service or person that contributes to building a stronger community for older people who live, work or visit the Mornington Peninsula. The awards, which opened last week, aim to promote values such as respect and inclusion of older people, reduce ageism and give value to the contribution older people make to the community. Nominations are welcome from friends, families and carers who nominate people or organisations who actively demonstrate attitudes and actions which encourage age-friendly values. Organisations and clubs are also encouraged to make nominations. Categories include the Mayor’s Senior Achiever Award (for those 50-plus), Elder of the year and Senior achiever. There is also the PACE Age-Friendly Community Award (any age), the Age-Friendly community service or program, Innovative club for older people, Encouraging diversity and inclusive opportunities for older people, and Age friendly local business. Also included are Promotion of Intergenerational Opportunities Award (any age), and Individuals or groups/businesses/services. Awards are open to nominating younger people of any age and businesses and clubs. Only one category is specifically for those aged 50-plus. The deputy mayor Cr Sarah Race said: “I encourage the community to nominate people, clubs or services who demonstrate these principles and celebrate older people within our community.” Positive Ageing Strategy Steering Committee chair Cr Antonella Celi said: “The awards promote a respectful and inclusive, age-friendly Mornington Peninsula. I’m pleased they are going ahead this year and encourage the community to nominate those who have contributed

A swimmingly satisfying career THE late Delys Sargeant OAM. Picture supplied

to our region.” The awards honour Delys Sargeant (OAM), who was a driving force in creating better opportunities and support for older people on the peninsula. They provide an opportunity to celebrate the many different kinds of age-friendly work being done by, with, and for, older people. Judges are from the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Positive Ageing Steering Committee and the Peninsula Advisory Committee for Elders (PACE). Nominations close Friday 28 May. To nominate, download the form at: mornpen. vic.gov.au/delys-sargeant-awards or pick up a copy at a shire customer service centre. Details can be obtained from the shire’s seniors’ inclusion officer on 5950 1698.

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SWIMMING instructor Anna Grisancich, pictured, has been teaching children water safety skills at Kingswim Mornington for 30 years. Her journey started as a parent volunteer with Mount Martha Primary School which her two children attended. She said she “loved being with the children, especially those who were frightened of the water”. “The outcome was so positive, I was hooked,” she said. Having taught hundreds of students to swim – and even two generations within the same family – Ms Grisancich says too many children lack the skills required to feel safe and confident in the water. She believes swimming should be a compulsory part of every child’s education. Over the years she has found that some parents need as much encouragement as their children to get them in the water, she said.

“More often than not parents will tell their instructor that their child doesn’t like swimming, but I would encourage them to be patient and persist. I have three Ps for swimming: passion, patience and persistence.” Ms Grisancich’s most satisfying moments are the small achievements and the “children’s big smiles when they learn to kick with their eyes open underwater.” Recalling her proudest teaching moment, Ms Grisancich said her first pupils were a brother and sister in the same class. “Over the last 10 minutes [of class] we would have a deep water session, jumping and learning to tread water and then swimming back to the wall,” she said. “I noticed their mum would look on nervously. Later I found out that she had lost her oldest child to drowning. “She was overjoyed to see her children learn to swim.”

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28 April 2021

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