Heated pool sys­tem makes a splash

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.”

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