Each year the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle, Western Australia hosts 90 overseas students at their campus (predominantly from USA and France). Traditionally study is not on their minds, rather like many university students their focus is on partying. To combat the issues that can be associated with this, on Orientation Day the University holds a Boundary Lines Fair. This event occurs at lunch time and involves an hour of activities for the students.
Generally all activities are provided by the University, however PBF Australia was involved this year with regards to safety around water. PBF attended with our Aquatic Program sponsor Fremantle Ports, who have provided sponsorship for PBF Injury Prevention Aqua programs for 6 years.
Being a beach side location, the Fremantle campus wanted to focus on the many dangers associated with water and alcohol. As an activity PBF provided wheelchair races (with and without holding cups of water).
On a more serious note our Injury Prevention Aqua presenter Matt Naysmith, along with Kate Harris (a previous student of Notre Dame), shared their own stories of sustaining water based spinal cord injuries. The personal interaction had a strong effect on the students, as they could see first-hand that a spinal cord injury causes issues personally, financially and emotionally – with or without the need of a wheelchair. Symon and Helen from the PBF WA office were there in support.
If you would like to find out more about PBF’s Injury Prevention Aqua Programs you can do so here.