Year: 2017

Monday, 24 April 2017
YMCA Australian Change Agents for 2017-2018 Announced
YMCA Australia is proud to announce the Australian Change Agents for the 2017-2018 period. The Global Change Agent program is co-ordinated by the World YMCA, and will engage 300 young leaders in training opportunities (on line and face-to-face), projects and initiatives on local and global level and will provide a mentorship service for continuous support.?  Read More

Wednesday, 19 April 2017
New initiative - YMCA Youth Parliament & deaf young people
YMCA Victoria and Deaf Children Australia (DCA) have announced a new partnership to progress their shared goal to empower young people to take active roles in their communities. This initiative will see Deaf Children Australia’s involvement in the YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament for the first time. Read More

Monday, 3 April 2017
YMCA World Challenge
Every year, YMCAs around the world participate in an annual event called YMCA's World Challenge.  Read More

Tuesday, 28 March 2017
Girls Make Your Move - Free Gym Membership for girls aged 12-19
Nine out of ten teenage girls don’t move enough – the YMCA and ‘Girls Make Your Move’ join forces to reverse this trend YMCA will offer free access to their fitness centres and programs as part of the Federal Government’s ‘Girls Make Your Move’ campaign from this month  Read More

Monday, 27 March 2017
YMCAs "taken over" by young people!
Friday, March 31, is the start of National Youth Week, and YMCAs across Australia are being "taken over" by young people as their CEOs for a Day. Read More

Friday, 3 March 2017
2017 YMCA Swimathon Splashes Out This Sunday
Thousands of Australians are preparing to splash out for a great cause when the 2017 YMCA Swimathon officially gets underway in 68 centres around the country this Sunday 5 March.  Read More

Monday, 27 February 2017
The importance of identity
Here is a message from YMCA's National CEO, Melinda Crole, who was in Tanzania last week for the YMCA National General Secretaries (NGS) convention.  Read More

Monday, 27 February 2017
Listening to young people
Message from our Youth Empowerment Coordinator, Steve Dupon, who recently travelled to the USA. Read More

Thursday, 9 February 2017
YAC - Youth Advisory Committee
Committee Launch 9 February 2017 Read More

Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Free Youth Gym pilot a success!
We engaged with over 280 young people in January in this pilot initiative to provide young people with more opportunities to physically connect with the YMCA, be safe, and trial fitness programs with the Y.  Read More

Monday, 30 January 2017
YMCAs move away from unhealthy food in kiosks
YMCA Victoria, in conjunction with Deakin University and Vic Health, conducted a study on swimming centres and the impact of removing junk food (from their kiosks) on consumer behaviour and their financial bottom line.  Read More

Tuesday, 3 January 2017
Swimming and water safety lessons should be mandatory for all children
The Sydney Morning Herald reported today that the unprecedented number of drownings over this Christmas holiday period is a wake-up call to the federal government to make a national water safety education program for our children an urgent priority. Read More

Year: 2016

Wednesday, 21 December 2016
January Youth Free Gym
Hit the gym this January for FREE at participating centres. If you’re up for the challenge, we are too! January is the perfect time to hit the gym for a fun, safe and challenging program that will help you achieve your personal health and fitness goals. Read More

Thursday, 1 December 2016
2016 YMCA Australia Awards Announced
YMCA Australia is proud to announce the recipients of the YMCA Australia Awards 2016. Recipients were formally announced and awarded at the YMCA National Convention AGM at the Stamford Hotel in Glenelg, SA, on Saturday 26 November, 2016.  Read More

Tuesday, 29 November 2016
YMCA Australia announces New President
YMCA Australia announced a new President at its Annual General Meeting of the YMCAs of Australia in Adelaide on November 25. Chris Lewis, a former partner at Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) steps into the role, having served as Treasurer for the past two years. Read More

Monday, 24 October 2016
YMCA supports Surf Life Saving's rip campaign
This summer, the YMCA is supporting Surf Life Saving Australia's vital campaign to raise awareness around the serious dangers of rip tides.  Read More

Tuesday, 13 September 2016
YMCA takes strong stand against child sexual abuse
The YMCA has a deep and abiding commitment to providing a safe and nurturing environment for children and young people. It is from this foundation the YMCA today announces details of its Redress Scheme, as a tangible demonstration of its sincere and deep apology to any past victims of child abuse at a YMCA in Australia.  Read More

Tuesday, 9 August 2016
Children are special and we need to protect them
Children are special and we need to protect them. We need people and organisations in which everyone, if they see something will say something and do something – go to the extremes to make sure children are safe. Read More

Monday, 8 August 2016
Rio 2016: 18 year old Kyle Chalmers wins gold at Rio!
Kyle Chalmers has won a gold medal in the men's 100m freestyle event, as well as two bronze medals in the men's 4x100m freestyle relays. Read More

Monday, 8 August 2016
Mack Horton takes out gold at Rio !
Congratulations to Australia's Olympic champion Mack Horton!  Read More

Wednesday, 3 August 2016
Safeguarding Children & Young People - Andrew Smith
“We can no longer say we are on a journey towards becoming a child safe organisation….it’s who we are now. Safeguarding children and young people is part of our everyday life. Read More

Tuesday, 2 August 2016
YMCA High Performance Coach - Shannon Rollason
Shannon Rollason, High Performance Swimming Coach at the YMCA Gungahlin Leisure Centre in Canberra, has coached Jodie Henry to Olympic Gold, and has trained Belinda Hocking and Matt Abood, who will swim at Rio (Olympics 2016). Read More

Monday, 25 July 2016
Jake “The Snake” Bensted’s chance at Olympic glory at Rio
Geelong born Judo champion Jake Bensted will get his chance at Olympic glory in Rio next month. With multiple Australian and Oceania Championships to his name, along with a Commonwealth Games medal. The 23 year old Jake, nicknamed “the snake”, currently trains at Club Judo and Geelong YMCA Judo Club. Read More

Monday, 25 July 2016
"YMCA a child safe organization" - Dr Joe Tucci, CEO, Australian Childhood Foundation
As a community organisation that has provided services for children and young people for over 160 years in Australia, YMCA has a profound responsibility for the care and protection of those we serve.  Read More

Monday, 18 July 2016
Matt Abood - challenges on the road to Rio 2016
29-year-old Matt Abood will make a long awaited Olympic debut at the Rio Games, after claiming a 4x100m freestyle relay spot. The Sydney-born swimmer faced missing out on the London Team by 0.02 seconds in 2012, after he finished third in the 50 freestyle. In 2010, at trials for the Commonwealth Games, he also missed a berth in both the 4x100 freestyle relay team and the 50 freestyle by a fraction of a second.  Read More

Tuesday, 12 July 2016
Belinda Hocking’s fight to get to the Rio Olympics
Belinda Hocking, 26, will make her third Olympic appearance in Rio after her stunning performance in the 200m backstroke final at the recent Olympic trials.  Read More

Wednesday, 22 June 2016
YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament celebrates 30 years
YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament is celebrating a key milestone - 30 years of empowering young people in what has become the largest public youth forum in Victoria. Read More

Wednesday, 8 June 2016
What young people told the YMCA the day they ruled the Y
On Monday 6 June, the YMCA’s 172nd birthday, YMCA Australia was 100% run by young people.  Read More

Thursday, 12 May 2016
YMCA Swimathon 2016 raises $311,232.16 and over $1.1 Million in Five Years
The YMCA is thrilled to announce its final fundraising total of $311,232 for the 2016 YMCA Swimathon, held in 60 pools across Australia on 28 February. Read More

Wednesday, 20 April 2016
From computer games to the gym, Jacana students get Active in April at YMCA Docklands
For the past two Tuesdays a group of students with autism whose favourite activity usually revolves around computer games, have literally and physically stretched themselves at a YMCA. Read More

Tuesday, 19 April 2016
Two heads are better than one: YMCA NSW demonstrates how job sharing can multiply values and value
Bree Godden and Emma Whale or “BreeEmma” as they have been affectionately dubbed by their colleagues, have been job-sharing the role of Communications Manager in three workplace incarnations. Read More

Thursday, 14 April 2016
YMCA Australia calls for sugary drink tax
Stephen Bendle and YMCA Australia support the call for a tax on sugary drinks in Australia. We have joined with our partners at the Rethink Sugary Drinks campaign to call for urgent action on reducing the impact of sugary drinks in Australia.  Read More

Thursday, 7 April 2016
YMCA appoints National Youth Empowerment Coordinator
YMCA Australia welcomes our new National Youth Empowerment Coordinator, Steven Dupon. Read More

Tuesday, 22 March 2016
Peter Burns of YMCA Canberra wins IC Howard / Y International Service Clubs Staff Scholarship
A YMCA Canberra employee, Peter Burns, was last week announced as the 2015 recipient of the IC Howard/Y International Service Clubs $5,000 Staff Scholarship. This is an annual award for the furthering of the education of YMCA staff, proudly sponsored by the Y International Service Clubs of Australia and YMCA Life Governor Ian Howard, reopened in early 2016 (see  Read More

Thursday, 17 March 2016
Leo riding a Swimathon wave
Local causes are what drive the YMCA’s only national fundraising event - the Swimathon. Six-year old Leo O’Connor swims at YMCA managed centre South Gippsland SPLASH, and loves spending time in the water. Leo was diagnosed with autism at a young age, and his condition has meant participating in group swimming lessons has been difficult.  Read More

Thursday, 18 February 2016
Statement by the Chair of the Board of YMCA Canberra
Retirement of Canberra CEO, Jenny McCombe Read More

Thursday, 18 February 2016
Statement by the Chair of the Board of YMCA Canberra
Retirement of Canberra CEO, Jenny McCombe Read More

Wednesday, 17 February 2016
National CEO of YMCA resigns to spend more time with his family
The National CEO of the YMCA of Australia Ron Mell has resigned, prompted by his desire to move home to spend more time with his family in Perth. His last day with YMCA Australia will be 2 May, 2016. Read More