Burkini Pool Party promotes new swimming skills for new Canadians
‘I think the burkini is awesome,’ Lubna Hussain said
Seven Oaks Pool was filled with splashes and laughter on Saturday evening for the first annual Burkini Pool Party.
A burkini is a swimsuit which covers the whole body, except the face, hands and feet.
"I think the burkini is awesome and it's just like any other swimming wear; it's like scuba diving attire," said Lubna Hussain.
"I'm proud to wear it. I know I will be fine wearing it. It's not a problem for me."
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"It's important to learn to swim. Going to the beach, going to the pool is a social aspect of life," she said.
The new swimming program is organized with the help of the Newcomer Employment and Education Development Services, the Manitoba Islamic Association and the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg.
"This past summer we've had, unfortunately, a few deaths," she said.
"Our hope is that we can be proactive and put something in place moving forward."
The program will include transportation and swimming gear, including the burkini.
The burkini itself has stirred controversy after it was banned at Mediterranean beach resorts in France. Ahmed said that's one of the reasons they wanted to host the special pool party.
"We just want to let Muslim women and every woman around the world know they can wear anything they like," she said.