Have your say on the future of Women Only Swimming

Posted on 24 Nov 2021

After a forced hiatus due to COVID restrictions, Women Only Swimming is making a much anticipated return to Aquamoves from 5.30pm to 8.30pm this Sunday 28 November 2021.

Between August 2018 to June 2020, Greater Shepparton City Council partnered with 'This Girl Can - Victoria' to bring Women's Only Swimming to Aquamoves on a monthly basis. The campaign was aimed at women in the local community and empowered them to get active and overcome feelings of judgement.

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter says the fear of judgment – as well as actual experiences of judgement – stop too many women from being physically active.

“Over half of Victorian women worry about being judged while exercising and for over 40 percent this feeling of embarrassment or intimidation is so strong it actually stops them from taking part in sport or exercise,” Ms Rechter said.

Between 2018 and 2020, an average of 160 people attended Women’s Only Swimming sessions at Aquamoves. Council continued to provide monthly Women’s Only Swimming from March 2021 to May 2021 with an average of 73 people attending.

Now Council would like to hear from the community as to how they best continue supporting and encouraging women of all ages and abilities to get active.

Greater Shepparton City Council Director Community, Kaye Thomson is encouraging community feedback via a short survey now available on Council’s Shaping Greater Shepparton website. 

“The survey is a really great opportunity to share your input and ideas and help Council determine the best way to empower women in our community to enjoy the fantastic programs and facilities available at Council’s aquatic facilities.”

“Even if you are not interested in swimming, you will have the opportunity to let us know what other women’s only activities you would like to participate in.”

Submissions close at 5pm on Sunday 19 December 2021. Head to shaping.greatershepparton.com.au to have your say.

For more information about this Sunday’s Women Only Swimming session, click here.