Heated pool system makes a splash
Pannawonica swimmers will be able to take to their local pool all year round for the first time after their long-established pool became heated last week, presenting new possibilities for the community’s sports scene.
Heating systems were installed at the six-lane, 50m pool at Pannawonica Aquatic Centre last Thursday and Friday and funded by Rio Tinto, which owns and operates the complex.
The upgrade means residents previously only able to use the pool during the warmest six months of the year can now swim yearround.
Pannawonica Swimming Club coach and Pannawonica Gym staff member Beth Campbell said pool heating had been long-awaited and presented an exciting opportunity to expand the types of water sports that could be offered in town.
“We’ve been waiting for it for years and it’s finally come to fruition for us,” she said.
“At the moment, looking to the future, it opens up lots of opportunities for winter training, possibly even the winter swim season as well. And even for recreation, it’s the perfect time of the year for residents to use that pool.”
Ms Campbell said an adult swim program, water polo, and pool rehabilitation classes were other possibilities being considered for the town pool.
She said Pannawonica Swimming Club’s 65 primary schoolaged members were excited about the upgrade and she expected the longer swimming season would build their confidence and stamina in the water.
“Even just having the kids in the water more often, it means they hit the ground running next season,” she said.
“They just don’t lose that feel for the water, if they’re in there always maintaining contact.”
“It increases their water awareness.”