Kellyville girl makes a splash

FOR Jasmine Smith, having six brothers and sisters means there is always someone to look out for.When it comes to the rest of the community, Jasmine, who is in year 11 at William Clarke College in Kellyville, still looks out for others through the Max Potential project.

For this year’s community initiative, Ms Smith has created a water safety program called Splash a series of free swimming lessons for children who have not had the opportunity to take lessons.

A strong swimmer whose goal is to save lives and teach water skills, Jasmine started the program to benefit the less financially privileged.

“In the 2009 National Drowning Report, there were 50 children under 17 who drowned,” she said. “Nearly two thirds of the group were under five and it’s time we try do something about it.”

Splash will not be launched until next month, but Jasmine is hoping that it will be known throughout NSW well before then, and has already started talks with local swimming clubs to sponsor her program.

“I believe the community needs to assist those who can’t afford swimming lessons,” she said.

Splash will run for one day a week for three to four weeks and will give children of all ages free lessons in the pool and lessons on safety.

The Max Potential final display be on Wednesday, August 25, from 3pm to 5pm at the Castle Hill RSL Club.

Details: 88584800