Central Leader : November 10th 2010
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Serene in flight, they move over the ocean assured, confident of where they are headed. They seem content to pace themselves, their journey measured. They are almost regal, unfazed by the turmoil of the wind and waves. Yet once they sight a fish beneath the surface, their entire demeanour alters. They work with steady determination to gain height, lock on to their target, plummet inexorable as a missile. In the moments before they pierce the ocean's surface, they are entirely and utterly focussed on the task at hand. They sense everything in their immediate environment: every nuance of the breeze, the darting escape path of their prey, the projected course of their trajectory. And, although their moment of impact appears explos- ive, it is far from reck- less. Imagine if we could teach all of our young people those skills. Not just the obvious ones, like tenacity, sustained effort and unswerving focus, but also the more subtle lessons. The dictates of adoles- cence often lead children to live for the minute, ignoring future conse- quences as they chase a moment of fleeting exhil- aration. Yet the thrills of a young person's life don't need to be destruc- tive if they can exercise self-control. If we could only pass on to all teenagers the gannet's secret, to relish every experience without succumbing to reckless- ness. Yet adults, too, could learn from the gannet. How often in this pressured age do we strive relentlessly for the future, head down, stoically beating against the elements and conse- quently missing the immediate rewards that envelope us? The gannet pursues its course with grace, not haste. Its head is lifted, its senses attuned. It has purpose, but knows when to rest upon the ocean, trusting in its buoyancy. We, too, might do well to try to emulate these sage creatures and be mindful of all that surrounds us. In an age when young people can live too much for the moment and adults too much in the future, consider the gan- net and learn to live in the moment. Swim partners Half of all 10-year-old Kiwi children can't swim 25 metres and a quarter can't even keep afloat. It is no surprise that New Zealanders drown at an alarming rate. Children must learn swim and survival skills, it should be a way of life for New Zealand chil- dren,'' says Matt Claridge, general man- ager of Water Safety New Zealand who have formed a new partner- ship with Sealord. Sealord Swim For Life is a national project established to address a dramatic decline in the swimming ability of chil- dren. A new identity has been created for this learn to swim partner- ship -- Kautiki, the Swimming Tiki. The goal of this initiat- ive is to equip New Zea- land children with the essential skills to swim 200 metres. The primary focus of the project is to manage the regional delivery of swim and survive edu- cation in schools through working with Regional Sports Trusts and Terri- torial Authorities. In addition a website www.swimforlife.org.nz will provide tips to swim and survive, while also being a place kids can enjoy learning about safety in water.
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