Cheryl McMillan

Cheryl McMillan is a swimming instructor with a lifelong passion for the river and water in general. She lives and works in Deniliquin. Cheryl counts herself lucky to live in such a beautiful place where she can swim, ski, camp and fish with her family and friends.

Cheryl McMillanThe importance of water . . .

Water has been, and will always be, part of my life. I was brought up on the Edward River where my family founded the Paringa Caravan Park. This is where my love for water began, swimming and water-skiing with family and friends.

I then volunteered as a swimming instructor at the Deniliquin Swimming Club in 1975 for the ‘Learn to Swim Program’. Since then, I have become an AustSwim instructor and have been teaching children and adults how to swim for more than 40 years.

I am also a life member of the Deniliquin Swim Club and have been presented with a number of awards relating to my work as a swimming instructor.

I continue to teach swimming in the community through AustSwim, school swimming programs, Intereach and private lessons at the local pool and my pool at home.

Where do you go to get away from it all?

I like to spend time with my family and friends here in Deniliquin, especially my three grandchildren – Hunter and Max who live in Albury and Agnes who lives in Norway.

Deniliquin is a friendly community and a wonderful place to bring up a family. It is a supportive community that provides opportunities in sport and community involvement.

How often do you go there?

I live in Deniliquin and go to Albury as often as I can. I am lucky to see my son, his wife and Agnes at least once a year as they come back to Australia to visit family and friends. I have been to Norway once and plan to go again one day soon.

What do you like to do there?

In Deniliquin, summers are for swimming and teaching my grandchildren how to swim. We like to go camping along the Edward River and go out on my husband’s boat to catch up with family and friends. I like to walk along the Edward River with family and friends.

How do you feel when you are there?

I feel clear-minded and lucky to live in such a beautiful place, surrounded by water.

Why is water an important part of your relaxation?

Because anyone can enjoy the water. It is a peaceful and relaxing environment.

Happiest memories?

Some of my happiest memories are of watering skiing with family and friends – skiing along the Edward River with my parents, my children, my family and friends, and skiing in Moomba, in Melbourne.

Teaching children and adults how to swim is also a highlight - seeing their faces when they have achieved and hearing about past students and how they are doing with their swimming.

I have lots of great memories of camping along the Edward River and walking along the Edward River Walk.

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