Rochester student James Bolitho recently returned from India, spending time with students teaching swimming.GRAHAM WILLIS July 31, 2014 3:58am
Rochester Secondary College year 9 student James Bolitho recently travelled to Palikoodam in the south west of India.
Along with Echuca swim coach Russell Parsons and fellow swimmer Jack Steele, Mr Bolitho spent his school holidays teaching Indian children how to swim.
The trio spent two weeks in India, teaching 14 swimming sessions each day, starting classes at 6am and finishing the last class after 4pm.
Students from grade 3 to year 12 were taught various strokes and techniques, ranging in size from 12 to 20 students.
Mr Bolitho, 15, said the senior students were the least capable, many not knowing the basics, such as how to tread water.
He frequently had to pull students, including ones bigger than him, to the surface.
Kicking races and games, held towards the end of the program, were the favourite among the 130 students, but only after they had been put through different drills, water safety and stroke correction and taught lifelong swimming knowledge.
Mr Bolitho said students were polite and appreciative of what they had, even though they did not have much.
Mr Bolitho said it was a life-changing experience and a highlight of his trip was the students and people he met in India.
Away from the pool, he gained an appreciation for the different culture and lifestyle of India.
‘‘It was such an eye-opener,’’ he said.
‘‘The difference between how we live and they live is stunning.
‘‘Everything and everyone is so crammed in.
‘‘I have never enjoyed something so much.
‘‘To experience the culture and lifestyle of India was fascinating.
‘‘It has opened my eyes and made me so grateful and appreciative for the things I have and the chances I get.’’
The swim teachers would like to return, but said it would likely be as tourists rather than teachers.
Organisers of the Challenge Shepparton triathlon will donate half the entry fees from entrants in the ‘community team challenge’ to the Community Fund Goulburn Valley.
Jake Thompson has an eagle eye and a steady hand and he put both to good use recently when he won the U15 Australian Snooker Championships, held in Adelaide.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
THIS year’s Winter Blues Festival is just around the corner — kicking off for the first time on a Thursday at the Star Hotel, American Hotel and Antonio’s on the Port.
ROCHESTER went sugar free for the day on Thursday for National Diabetes Week, with the inaugural Great Sugar Free Bake Off.
Elle Groves will achieve a remarkable milestone this week, in what is already a remarkable A grade netball career with Kyabram, when she steps onto the court on Saturday for her 100th game.
Local export Willie Wheeler dominating at VFL level
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
ONCE in a while some people are lucky enough to stumble across their destiny.
Moira Shire welcomed 25 new citizens on Thursday as people from across the world chose to make Australia their home.
Mathoura endured a harsh hammering to its playing confidence on Saturday with a 24-goal thrashing at the hands of Deniliquin Rovers.
SPC will abolish its internal sales team and reduce executive numbers in the latest chapter of the company’s ongoing restructuring.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.